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