Northrop N-3PB, c/n 311northrop n 3pb

The Incident:

Aircraft 311 was parked at the float plane moorings at Reyðarfjörður. The plane was totally wrecked when 3 depth charges exploded. For unexplained reason1 the Depth Charges were accidentally released and exploded in the sea underneath the aircraft. The plane was salvaged but damaged beyond repair.

There are different descriptions of this mishap documented in the Squadron History.

The Crew:

None. Aircraft moored.

The Aircraft:

Northrop Aircraft Inc. Northrop N-3PB
Code: GS B
Construction no. 311
Operator: The RAFN 330 Squadron.
The Squadron operated Northrop N-3PB in Iceland from May 19, 1941, to January 24, 1943.
The squadron lost 12 airmen and 11 aircraft during the stay in Iceland.

Detail on aircraft: WikipediaYoutube

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