P-38F-5-LO, Lightning, s/n 42-12575
The purpose of the flight is not known. Frederick Eichman experienced a fire in flight and crashed in the north slope of a small hill, 2.5 km SW of the glider airfield Sandskeið.
The crash site was visited by stridsminjar.is 23.10.2010, 30.5.2012 and 25.7.2012.
2LT Frederick E. Eichman was killed in the crash.
Birth: Oct 23, 1916, Colorado Springs
El Paso County, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1943 (Died non-battle)
Funeral service: Apr. 28, 1943 Dómkirkjan Reykjavík, Iceland
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado, USA
Type: Lockheed Lightning P-38-5-LO
Operator: USAAF, 50th Fighter Squadron of the 342 Composite Group.
The Squadron operated P-38 aircraft in Iceland from Aug. 18, 1942, to Feb. 4, 1944