A crash site visit to Álftanes on Mýrar where a P-47 Thunderbolt had made a forced landing.
On July 4, 2015, Ásdís Haraldsdóttir farmer, a former teacher, and horse breeder at Álftanes had agreed to meet us and show us where she had seen the crashed plane. Over a period of 40 years, Ásdís had seen parts of the crashed plane sticking out of the sand on a beach near her farm maybe 3 or 4 times. She told us that the spot could only be reached at low tide and we would have to be at her farm around 14:00 that afternoon.
The weather was at its best when we arrived. Ásdís lead us out on the sandy shore and told us interesting stories from the surrounding area, the birds, and her horses. After about a half an hours walk, we reached the spot where Ásdís had seen some years before a metal beam or metal frame sticking out of the sand. She had not been out here this year so she didn't know if there was anything to see now. We walked back and forth along the shoreline but saw nothing. But we did get a fairly good idea where the plane had landed. Ásdís told us that through the years the family had been out here riding and she had seen three or four times some metal object standing out of the sand. She remembered quite accurately where she had seen this and pointed the spot to us.
After an hour or so we had to hurry back to the farm because the tide was coming in. We thank Ásdis for her assistance and entertaining stories about the area. Details on the incident and the plane can be found here.
- Written by Þorsteinn Marteinsson
USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron, Iceland Base Command group, operated P-39 aircraft in Iceland from February 1942 to March 1944.
During the years 1942 and 1943 the squadron experienced 16 P-39 incidents, lost 10 P-39 aircraft, two pilots were killed.
Apr. 2. 42, s/n 41-7029. Steeves, Jerome I. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Jul. 7. 42, s/n 41-7035. Dickson, Leroy G. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 12. 42, s/n 40-3021. Walker, John H. Take off accident, minor damage.
Aug. 18. 42, s/n 41-6763. Cobb, Harold L. Fire, bailed out, aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 28. 42, s/n 41-6788. Johnsey, Fredrick R. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Sep. 10. 42, s/n 41-6835. Ritchie, William D. Take off accident, minor damage.
Oct. 27. 42, s/n 40-3021. Currey, Robert B. Landing accident, minor damage.
Oct. 27. 42, s/n 41-7039. Whitfield, Wilford L. Landing accident, minor damage.
Nov. 18.42, s/n 41-6835. Redman, Harold W. Forced landing/fire, aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 15. 42, s/n 40-3003. Howe, Evertt B. Take off accident, minor damage.
Aug. 24. 42, s/n 41-6808. Ercole, Louis A. Ground accident/fire, aircraft destroyed.
Aug, 25. 42, s/n 41-8827. Kassos, John G. Ground accident, aircraft destroyed. Pilot killed.
Oct. 6. 42, s/n 41-6764. Hoffman, Jay E. Ground accident, aircraft destroyed. Pilot killed
Jan. 6. 43. s/n 41-6848 Carrier, Clyde A. Take off accident, aircraft repaired.
Apr. 1. 43, s/n 41-6848 Johnsey, Fredrick R. Belly Landing, aircraft destroyed.
May. 22 43, s/n 41-7051. Mann Richard. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
- Written by Ólafur Marteinsson
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