Early morning on the June, 17 (Iceland's Independents day) we set off to visit 3 crash sites on Mt. Fagradalsfjall.Kort 17.06.2016 With me where Mr. Árnason director of Keilir Institute of Technology, Mr. Arnbjörnsson director of GeoCamp and The Icelandic College of Fisheries and Mr. Guðmundsson a Computer Specialist. All keen outdoorsmen and history buffs.

The plan was to visit the three crash sites on Mt. Fagradalsfjall from WWII. Kast where the B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff crashed with Lt. Gen. Andrews and his entourage on May 3. 1943. Langhóll where a Short Sunderland flying boat crashed on April 24, 1941, and Langahrygg where a Matin Mariner flying boat crashed on November 2, 1941.

Hikers by Short Sunderland remainsThe circle we walked is about 16 km. and took us about 5 hours. The weather was quite good and we had a good day on the mountain. Mr. Árnason found a small piece of cloth buried in the ground by the crash site of the Martin Mariner , he took it with him and will have a technician at the Keilir Institute to have a look at it. 


5 Flying boats sank in a gale. 

The incident:
Thursday, January 15, 1942, an SA strong wind hit the South West part of Iceland.  The RAF and USN had their main flying boat (harbour) station at Fossvogur, close to the Reykjavík Airfield.  At the US Weather Station at Reykjavík Airfield, the average wind speed measured
89 mph (77,3 knots) (39,8 m/s) and gusting to 133 mph (115,5 knots) (59,5 m/s). 
At about 10 o´clock the wind caused damage to electrical lines and antenna cables at the Airfield.  Roof panels started to blow off some of the Nissan huts and a supply hut and the mess hut disappeared in the high wind. 
At the Airfield several aircraft, 6 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, 1 Lockheed Hudson, 1 Vickers Wellington and 1 Catalina were secured by cables to blocks of concrete, the concrete blocks did not hold and ground crews started the engines and held the aircraft into the wind, this worked and the aircraft were saved.
3 Catalina’s and 2 Martin Mariners were at moorings out on the Fossvogur flying boat harbour.
At 3 o´clock all 5 aircraft on the flying boat (harbour) were sunk. 
Several military personnel had minor injuries but no lives were lost in the storm. 
No flight crew involved as aircraft were parked at moorings. 
The Aircraft:
The USN VP73 Patrol Bomber Squadron lost three Catalina PBY-5 aircraft in the storm: 
s/n 2326, s/n 2331 and s/n 2337
The Squadron had a fleet of 6 aircraft in Iceland from 9 August 1941 to 3 May 1943.
The USN VP74 Patrol Bomber Squadron lost two Martin Mariner PBM aircraft in the storm: s/n 1255 and s/n 1236
The Squadron had a fleet of 5 aircraft in Iceland from 9 August 1941 to 19 January 1942.
USN Patrol Bomber Squadrons VP73 and VP74 history
Greinagerð VÍ 03026, ágúst 2003