P-40 Incidents in Iceland, 1943

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

 

USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron, Iceland Base Command group, operated P-40 aircraft in Iceland from August 6, 1941, to 9 June 1945.

 

During the year 1943 the squadron experienced 32 P-40 aircraft incidents, lost 8 P-40 aircraft and one pilot was killed in a crash.

 

Reykjavík

Feb.  04.43, s/n 41-13465. Wilfred, Whitefield.   Landing incident, aircraft destroyed 

Mar. 08.43, s/n 41-13420. Joseph, Walczszyn Jr.   Landing incident, aircraft destroyed.

Mar. 12.43, s/n 41-13439. Ralph, Oyler A.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Mar. 15.43, s/n 41-13345. Clyde, Carrier Jr.  Landing incident, aircraft destroyed

Mar. 18.43, s/n 41-13438. Andrew, Evans J.   Ground looped, aircraft destroyed.

Mar. 22.43, s/n 41-13440. Robert, Schonlank.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Mar. 29.43, s/n 41-13465. Harold, Redman W.  Information not available.

April 04.43, s/n 42-45882. Peter, Shaffer.   Landing incident, minor damage.

April 27.43, s/n 41-13346. George, Vigue D.   Ground looped, aircraft destroyed,

June  05.43, s/n 41-13439. Charles, Green H.   Landing incident minor damage.

July  20.43, s/n 42-46014.  Joe, Jordan B.  Take off incident, minor damage.

Aug. 02.43, s/n  42-46021. William, Amburgey M.  Landing incident, minor damage.

Aug. 08.43, s/n 41-13427.  Bryant, Workman A.  Taxiing incident, minor damage.

Aug. 09.43, s/n 41-13444. Dixon, James W.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Aug. 09.43, s/n 41-13429. Lucien, Cox K.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Aug. 10.43, s/n 41-13346. Eugine, Byrne W.  Engine fire in flight, minor damage.

Aug. 13.43, s/n 41-13429. Ralph, Drumheller.   Ground incident, minor damage.

Aug. 17.43, s/n 42-46051. John, Bigelow W.  Engine fire in flight, minor damage.

Aug. 22.43, s/n 41-13462. Richard, Wanvig J.  Taxiing incident, minor accident.

Aug. 30.43, s/n 41-13428. Dane, Noel EE.   Landing incident, aircraft destroyed.

Sept. 14.43, s/n 42-46013. Revis, Flowers G.  Taxiing incident, minor damage.

Sept. 20.43, s/n 41-13446. Raymond,  Smart E Jr.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Sept. 26.43, s/n 41-13460. Richard, Wanvig J.  Take off incident, minor damage.

Sept. 27.43, s/n 41-13364. Nicolas, Stam.  Taxiing incident, minor damage

Oct.  04.43, s/n 41-13341. William, Heidenreich L.  Ground looped, minor damage.

Oct.  15.43, s/n 41-13345. Clyde, Carrier A.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Oct.  17.43, s/n 41-13463. Stanley, Burkot J.   Landing incident, minor damage.

Oct.  30.43, s/n 42-46021. Richard, Wanvig J.  Killed in crash, in ocean 5 mi W of Reykjavík.

Dec.  22.43, s/n 42-46032. Revis, Flowers G.  Landing incident, minor damage.

 
Kassos
 

Feb. 06.43, s/n 41-13429.  George, Vigue  D.  Take off incident, minor damage.

 

Patterson

 

Jan. 11.43, s/n 41-13346. Fredrick, Johnsey R.   Belly landing, minor damage.

Stridsminjar set off on September 3,  2011, to find a crash site of an FW 200 Condor that crashed on Arnarvatnsheiði. We did not have at the time GPS “coordinates” FW 200 Kleppataglof the site, but a fairly good idea where it was through old newspapers, interviews with locals and information from military reports on the accident. On the morning of 3. September  we drove to Húsafell and then to Surtshellir. ~Surtshellir (Surts Cave) is a marvel of nature and a “must see” for travelers to Iceland. Some say that it housed outlaws in the 18th century and at one spot  in the cave a pile of animal bones can still be found. The pile of bones has gotten smaller and smaller over the years, travelers have taken a piece as a souvenir. This has to ~stop. Just like from the crash sites, these peace have so little meaning locked in a drawer in someone's garage or basement, forgotten. But at the crash site or in a museum with the right information at hand the items tell a story and preserve history. When we came to Surtshellir there is a dirt path used by fishermen to reach the river Norðlingafljót. We waded across the river  wich at that spot is quite wide but not so deep. On the north bank of the river we left our waders and started our search for the crash site. Kleppatagl is on the southern most part of Arnarvatnsheiði wich is a moore/heath quite large and uninhabited with dozens of lakes and small rivers and a trout fisherman's dream. Also, the sheep farmers of the west and north parts of Iceland use this area for summer grazing. After a few hours search, we found the crash site. Remarkably little is left of the Condor because this aircraft was quite big. Some of the metals have rusted away of course but some of it must have been taken and used by locals. It would be quite interesting to find out what the materials were used for. We have heard stories where wheels and beams from crashed aircraft have been used but not in this case. After some time of photographing and documenting the site, we headed back. On the way, we found a fox trap made of stones. Here is a link to a more detailed account of the incident and interesting videos on the Condor. þm.