P-47 Incidents in Iceland, 1944 / 1945

Republic P-47D22-RE Thunderbolt P47 in formation

USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron, Iceland Base Command group, operated P-47 aircraft in Iceland from May 1944 to the end of the WWII, June 1945.

In May 1944 38 new P-47D arrived in Iceland. (s/n 42-26069 to s/n 42-26106)

During the 14 months of operation in Iceland the squadron experienced 16 P-47 incidents, lost 9 aircraft and two pilots were killed.

Meeks Field
Jul. 20.44, s/n 42-26078. (19) Hall, Justwin R. Landing accident. aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 4.44, s/n 42-26071. (12) Dormier, Johnnie C. Wheels up, belly landing, aircraft repaired.
Mar. 1. 45, s/n 42-26072. (13) George, Kimball M. Landing accident, aircraft repaired.
Mar. 4.45, s/n 42-26074. (15) Teisher, Denby J. Landing accident, aircraft repaired

Patterson Field
Jun. 11. 44. s/n 42-26086. (27) “Big Bastard” Martin, Clifford F Wheels up, belly landing, aircraft repaired.
Jun. 23. 44, s/n 42-26083. (24) Sella, Quentin J Taxi accident, aircraft repaired.
Mar. 12. 45, s/n 42-26102. (43) Goodrich, Jared B Landing accident, aircraft repaired.
Mar. 25. 45, s/n 42-26103. (44) Adams, Henry B Taxi accident, aircraft repaired.

Other area
Jun. 12.44, s/n 42-26079. (20) Murphy, John L Taxi accident, aircraft destroyed, Reykjavík
Jun. 13.44, s/n 42-26093. (34) Latham Thomas J Bailed out. aircraft destroyed, Húsatóftir
Sep. 5.44, s/n 42-26096. (37) Thompson, James E In Ocean. Pilot killed, 5 Mi SE of Reykjanes.
Jul.   8.44, s/n 42-26100. (41) Latham, Thomas J Bailed out, Eng. fire, aircraft destroyed, Vogshóll
Jan. 28.45, s/n 42-26092. (33) Teisher, Henry J Landing accident. Aircraft destroyed, Reykjavík
Jan. 22.45, s/n 42-26085. (26) Cillings, Kenneth L Bailed out, Eng. Fail. aircraft destroyed, Hvanneyri
Feb. 21.45, s/n 42-26083. (24) Lane, Warren J Belly landing, aircraft destroyed, Nóntangi
May 20.45, s/n 42-26086. (27) “Big Bastard” Donnell, Eugene S Crash, fire. Pilot killed, 8 Mi SW of Keflavík.

Fate of remaining P-47D-22-RE aircraft in Iceland
S/N 42-26088 (29) “Frencie” War bond plane, sent to USA

List of P-47D aircraft sold to Icelandic metal scrap yard.
S/N 42-26069 (10)
S/N 42-26070 (11)
S/N 42-26073 (14)
S/N 42-26075 (16)
S/N 42-26076 (17)
S/N 42-26077 (18)
S/N 42-26082 (23)
S/N 42-26084 (25) nickname “Sally”

S/N 42-26078 (19)
S/N 42-26080 (21)
S/N 42-26081 (22)
S/N 42-26087 (28)
S/N 42-26089 (30)
S/N 42-26090 (31)
S/N 42-26091 (32)
S/N 42-26094 (35)

S/N 42-26095 (36)
S/N 42-26097 (38)
S/N 42-26098 (39)
S/N 42-26099 (40)
S/N 42-26101 (42)
S/N 42-26104 (45)
S/N 42-26105 (46)
S/N 42-26106 (47)

+ 7 aircraft in category REPAIRED

Corporal Barker´s diaries

When we had finished reading Corporal Barker´s diaries and contacted his daughter Joan B. Stott to return them. She asked if we could find a good place for them. We contacted the curator at the War and Peace Museum in Hvalfjordur and asked if he would take them and keep them at his museum. He was quite willing to and said that he would take good care of them and have them on display soon. Here are some photos that were taken on our visit. Mr. Guðjón Sigmunsson the curator, Þorsteinn, Jim Lux and Ólafur.

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