After take-off at Keflavík, one engine cut out intermittently. The pilot returned to field and evidently misjudged altitude and did not lower wheels until too late for both wheels to lower and lock. Starboard wheel was the only wheel to come down and lock. The landing was made normal and as the plane lost speed it slowly dropped down on the port side. Icing was the cause of engine cut out.
Damage: Keel worn down from position 6-ft forward of #1 step. Keel crushed upward for about 2-in, bottom on side of keel crushed upward slightly for about 3-ft outboard of keel and stringers on both sides of the keel, port wing tip float slightly crushed.
Source: VP84 mishap record, VV FE, 26.1.2016
Pilot Lt Elbert V. Cain,
AV-N USNR Lt (jg) E.T. Allen,
AV-N USNR Ens. J. Thigen,
AV-N USNR ACMM S.E. Morris,
USN AMM2c C.C. Greenfield,
USN ARM1c R.L. Ross,
USN ARM3c W.P. Merce,
V-6 USNR AOM2c J.E. Tarver
AOM2c G.P. Fotsch.
Manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft
Operator: USN VP84 Patrol Bomber Squadron
USN VP84 operated PBY-5A in Iceland from 2 Oct 1942 to 1 Sep 1945
The Squadron claim 6 German U-boats sunk.