Lockheed Ventura, AE 740
Ventura AE 740 was on ferry flight from Gander to Reykjavík. About 30 min. from Reykjavík the right engine stopped. Just before touch down at Reykjavik flight control gave AE 740 a red light and "go around". The pilot gave full throttle and made a left turn but lost control and hit 2 houses and crashed into the third one, number 5 at Þjórsárgata setting it on fire. A huge fire broke out in the plane and the house. Two crew members escaped from the fire but Léonide-Bart Long the radio operator was stuck in the flames and all attempts to save him proved impossible. He was shot to death by military police.
Paul Zimmer pilot,
M. Schellenberg navigator
Léonide-Bart Long radio operator, age 23 died.
RAF Ferry Command