Curtiss P-40C Warhawk
Two P-40 fighter aircraft were on training flights over Mosfellsdalur NE of Reykjavík. During flight maneuver simulations the two aircraft collided. One of the aircraft (s/n not known) had some minor damage and made it safely back to Reykjavík Airfield. The second aircraft (s/n 42-46014) flown by Lt. Nicolas Stam, sustained severe damage and Lt. Stam bailed out. His aircraft crashed on the south slope of Reykjafell and Lt. Stam came down on the rocky north slope of Reykjafell near the farm Helgadalur.
Shortly after landing two farmers Hans Jónsson and Ólafur Þórðarson rescued Lt. Stam who was badly injured and unable to walk. The farmers carried him to Hans Jónsson farm. His wife nursed him while waiting for an ambulance. This immediate rescue saved the pilot from further consequences like cold and nervous brake down.
The crash site was visited by stridsminjar.is on October 30, 2010, April 24, 2016.
Sources: Flight Commander Major George P. Tourtellot, press report.
Þjóðviljinn. March 1944.
USSAF accident record sheet.
Lt. Nicolas Stam.
The second pilot's name is not known.
Curtiss-Wright Corporation P-40C Warhawk
Operator: USAAF 33 Fighter Squadron
The Squadron operated in Iceland from August 6, 1941, to June 9, 1945.