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Aircraft Accidents in Iceland

Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
01:04:53 12 April 2006
Post:
Hi All,

I wonder if anyone can help? Having an interest in both aircraft, Islands, I wonder if anyone knows of or has a crash list compiled of all aircraft losses on high ground areas of Iceland? and would it be possible to have a copy if so please?

Regards.

Dave.



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
10:46:12 12 April 2006
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Hi Dave,

If you are talking WW.II, I believe I should be able to provide you with a comprehensive list. Most accidents took place on or around airfields, but I understand you are interested only in those that occurred on high ground. Is that correct? Are you interested in RAF only, or RCAF, USN and USAAF as well?

Ragnar ... in Iceland


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
11:06:32 12 April 2006
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Hello Ragnar,

Good to hear from you again, Yes! WWII is my main area of interest, and all the services aircraft not just RAF, I have details of a few from Air-Britain & Ocean Bridge books, but details in these are very sparse, as with locations being often described as being near Reykjavik, Akureyri etc.

I think you have my e-mail address, but just in case :

daveATearl25.fsnet.co.uk AT subs for .A T.

Thanks again

Dave.



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Rene Romainville (Guest)
Time Stamp:
11:21:00 12 April 2006
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Hello Dave,

If you could have a copy of the "Daily Express" of 26 august 2000, you will see an article concerning the recovery of the aircraft flown by F/O Arthur Round.

Best regards

Rene


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
12:58:22 12 April 2006
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Thanks for the hint Rene.

I think this is one aircraft I seem to have found quite a bit on though, it was in all the national & international papers at the time. RAF Mountain Rescue man Neil Daniel has a website also with details & pics of the recovery here:

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/aircraftwrecks

Thanks again.

Regards.

Dave.


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Rene Romainville (Guest)
Time Stamp:
06:54:17 17 April 2006
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Hello Dave,

I knew I had an another press cutting,

It is from the Mirror Scottish , 26August 2000, shows a picture of the remains of the Batle, personnal belonging and portrait of 3 member of the crew.

Best regards

Rene


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
13:41:18 12 April 2006
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G'day Dave

The Squadron

No. 162 (BR) Squadron was a Bomber Reconnaissance unit with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Eastern Air Command. It was seconded to the Royal Air Force’s Coastal Command to help thwart the German U-Boat threat from the 7th of January 1944 to the 13th of June 1945. At the time of the accident, the squadron, under the command of C1009 Wing Commander Cecil George William Chapman DSO of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was operating from Reykjavik, Iceland. NOTE: No. 162 (BR) Squadron is the same unit that Flight Lieutenant David Hornell was flying with when he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Aircraft

Canadian Vickers-built Consolidated Canso ‘A’

R.C.A.F. Serial Number - 11062

Canadian Vickers Construction Number - CV373

The Crash

On the 27th of July 1944 at approximately 19:30 hours, the crew of Canso ‘A’ s/n 11062 were returning from an anti-U-Boat patrol in very bad weather, when they flew into a mountain on Foula Island. The aircraft was destroyed on impact. The only survivor of the crash was one of the Flight Engineers, Flight Sergeant J H Knight of the Royal Air Force. He was listed as having suffered serious injuries.

*The crew consisted of:

Pilot

J22309 Flying Officer Abram R. Hildebrand

He was the son of Peter and Tina Hildebrand of Winkler, Manitoba: also the husband of Margaret of Chatham, New Brunswick. Flying Officer Hildebrand peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 25 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

2nd Pilot

J27896 Flying Officer Willis Hilson Lloyd

He was the son Charles Henry and Carrie Elizabeth Lloyd. Flying Officer Lloyd peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 23 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Navigator

J23139 Flying Officer George Gordon Bradshaw

He was the son of Reverend George Karn Bradshaw B.A. and Florence Edith Watts Bradshaw. He was also the husband of Margaret Doreen Bradhsaw B.A. L.L.B. of Victoria, British Columbia. Flying Officer Bradshaw peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 24 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Wireless Air Gunner (W.A.G.)

J45278 Pilot Officer James Edwin Bowler

He was the son of Fred and Emma Bowler of Bartonville, Ontario. Pilot Officer Bowler peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 22 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Wireless Air Gunner (W.A.G.)

R104154 Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO2) Robert Densmore Harvey

He was the son of James William and Celia Ethel Harvey and also the husband of Myrtle Evelyn Harvey of Hantsport County, Nova Scotia.

WO2 Harvey peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 21 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Wireless Air Gunner (W.A.G.)

R175217 Flight Sergeant Elliott Courtney Watson

He was the son of James E. and Mary E. Watson from Sarnia, Ontario. Flight Sergeant Watson peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 20 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Flight Engineer

5521 Flight Sergeant J H Knight R.A.F.V.R. - "seriously Injured"

Flight Engineer

R98669 Sergeant Robert Wilfred Ernest Townsend

He was the son of Robert and Mabelle of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. He peacefully rests in Terrace 7B, Grave 19 of the New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland Islands.



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
14:16:27 12 April 2006
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the reply, though it%60s aircraft that crashed on Iceland I am looking for. However, by coincidence the Canso 11062 on Foula I have an extensive file on and shall be visiting the crash site next month, also the graves of the crew. Again by coincidence 162 Sq did lose a Canso on Iceland, sister-ship to the Foula aircraft. 11061 crashed on a mountain (name N/K) 15m South of Reykjavik on 19th Dec 1944 returning from a sub patrol. I have all the crew names as they are all buried in Reykjavik (Fossvogur) Cemetery and are on the CWGC site. Any details on times of take off/accident, pilots hours or the aircraft movements would be most welcome. Pilots were F/Lt Gerald Patrick McKenna RCAF & F/Lt Edward Parker Oakford.RCAF.

Regards.

Dave.


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Peter Davies (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:33:58 12 April 2006
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Dave,

Contact Elizabeth Holbourne on Foula. She's got an a/c wreck at the bottom of her garden. Mind you, the 'bottom of her garden' is 300 feet down a cliff!

I did 'things' for MoD there some many years ago. Magic place. If you hear tales of Fordson tractors being blown off cliffs into the Oggin you'd better believe them!

Have a good trip. Look forward to the debrief!!!

Yrs Aye

Peter



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:38:40 12 April 2006
Post:
Hi Dave

Canso 'A' s/n 11061 crashed at 18:51 hours. I'm assuming the time is GMT as the record card showing when the accident occurred has the 'Day' box being checked off as opposed to 'Night' box. It would certainly be dark at that time of the year if the time given was local. The 'Engine' box only has P & W S13CG. By the way, the Court of Inquiry found Flight Lieutenant Oakford guilty of pilot error.

If you are interested in the complete accident report summary, let me know.

Other R.C.A.F. Canso accidents on Iceland were:

Canso 'A' s/n 9842

No. 162 (BR) Squadron

6/13/44

Reykjavik

Canso 'A' s/n 11065

No. 162 (BR) Squadron

1/20/45

Reykjavik

Canso 'A' s/n 9808

No. 162 (BR) Squadron

4/6/44

Keflavik

Canso 'A' s/n 9779

No. 162 (BR) Squadron

11/16/44

Reykjavik

Cheers...Chris



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Brian (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:18:33 12 April 2006
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Dave,

1407 Met Flight and 251 Met Reconnaissance Squadron lost a number of aircraft whilst based in Iceland between 1943 and 1945. Most were lost over the sea or on take-off, but there was one that fits your criteria.

Hudson AD-L (FK743) of 251 Squadron left Reykjavik on a met sortie at 01.29 GMT on 27 March 1945, but failed to return. The last contact was at 0955 GMT when the aircraft requested a QDM. The wreckage was eventually found at 63deg55min N, 21deg48min W on 31 March by another 251 Squadron aircraft, the aircraft apparently having hit the crest of hills near Hafnarfjordhur.

The bodies of the crew were recovered on 9 April, and buried at Fossvogur three days later. They were:

F/O J J Yule (RCAF) Pilot

Flt Lt N Smith (RAF)

P/O T M Lincoln (RCAF)

P/O W Edmonson (RCAF)

Sgt A R Simmonds (RAFVR) Met Air Observer

The aircraft was abandoned where it lay, so it is possible some debris remains.

Source: "Even The Birds Were Walking" by John A Kington & Peter G Rackliff.

Peter Rackcliff was a MAO himself and has considerable knowledge of wartime meteorological reconnaissance.

Brian


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Brian (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:40:39 12 April 2006
Post:
Dave,

1407 Met Flight and 251 Met Reconnaissance Squadron lost a number of aircraft whilst based at Reykjavik, mostly over the sea or during take-off. There is, however, one that fits your criteria.

Hudson AD-L (FK743) of 251 Squadron left Reykjavik at 01.29 GMT on 26 March 1943 for a routine met sortie. The last heard from the aircraft was a request for a QDM at 09.55 GMT. It was not until 31 March that AD-l's wreckage was spotted by another 251 aircraft at 61deg55min N, 21deg48min W, on the crest of hills near Hafnarfjordhur. The crew's bodies were recovered on 9 April and buried 3 days later at Fossvogur. The crew was:

F/O J J Yule (RCAF) Pilot

Flt Lt N Smith (RAFVR) Nav

P/O T M Lincoln (RCAF) WOp/AG

P/O W Edmonson (RCAF)

Sgt A R Simmonds (RAFVR) Met Air Observer

Source: "Even the birds were walking" by John Kington and Peter Rackliff.

Brian


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Brian (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:42:05 12 April 2006
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Sorry, I thought my first attempt had disappeared into the ether.

Brian


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
22:49:55 12 April 2006
Post:
Thanks All for your help.

Peter, I am actually staying at Isobel Holbourn%60s place in the North where some parts of a Walrus lay just off the beach there, The aircraft you speak of obver the cliff is probably parts of the Canso thrown over in the late 1970s to prevent it blowing about the Island. I can well believe the tractor stories, but they have now been told no more dumping in the sea, so these things tend to left laying about farms these days.thanks for your imput.

Chris, Many thanks for the 11061 details a great help.the others I think are mainly around the airfield, but I will wait to see what Ragnar comes up with..

Brian, Interesting stuff on the Hudsons,at FK743 there were still engines laying on the hill some years ago, but I am told that an article appeared somewhere possibly %60Flypast%60 or %60Aeroplane%60 that there were plans to remove them for a museum, but I don%60t know if this happened.

Thanks for your help it is very much appreciated.

Regards.

Dave.



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: HughAHalliday
Time Stamp:
00:00:24 13 April 2006
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A list in my records of RCAF personnel buried in Iceland follows. I cannot say if these burials resulted in crashes IN Iceland or NEAR Iceland (in the latter case, the body recovered and buried). It does NOT include personnel who may have been killed in Iceland but whose bodies were not recovered or identified (in which case they would be commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial). In most cases the RCAF crewman is clearly only one of a larger crew (but my infcormation does not cover non-RCAF personnel). For what it is worth:

BALLANTYNE, Flight Sergeant O.R - WAG - from Dorval - Boston (serial ? - 10 December 1942 - flying accident

WOODFIELD, P/O D.E. - Pilot - Ferry Command - Hudson FK742 - 28 May 1943 - flying accident

HAY, P/O G.D. - WAG - 45 Group - Hudson (serial ?) - 28 May 1943

RAMSAY, F/O M.H. - Navavigator - 45 Group - Mitchell FW165 - 18 December 1943

ASSEFF P/O P. - WAG - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident NELSON, P/O D.K. - Navigator - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident

TINGLE, P/O LJ - Pilot - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident

THOMSON, P/O J.N. - Navigator - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 7 March 1944 - flying accident

HUTCHINGS, P/O H.E. - WAG - 45 Group - Ventura JT846 - 19 May 1944 - operational

GRIST, F/L K.H. - Navigator - 45 Group - Mosquito KA153 - 26 April 1945, flying accident

BAMFORD, Flight Sergeant R.B. - Flight Engineer - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso 9754 - 9 April 1944, operations

BEWLEY, Flight Sergeant D.G. - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

PETTIGREW, F/L T.J. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

LATHAM, F/O F.W. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

MACDONALD, WO1 J.N.D.H. - Navigator - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

STEINBERG, P/O H. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) -Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

ATREE, WO E.R. - Flight Engineer - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

OAKFORD, F/L E.P. - Pilot - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 22 December 1944, accident or operations ?

EDMONSON, P/O W - WAG - 251 Squadron - Hudson AF743 - 27 March 1945, operations

LINCOLN, F/O T.M. - WAG - 251 Squadron - Hudson AF743 - 27 March 1945, operations

YULE, P/O J.J. - Pilot - 251 Squadron - Hudson AF743 - 27 March 1945, operations

EBERT, P/O G.W.H. - Navigator - 269 Squadron - Hudson T9464 - 29 January 1943, operations

HILL, Flight Sergeant J.J. - WOPAG - 269 Squadron - Hudson FH377 - 10 June 1943, operations

FORRESTER, WO2 R.L. - Pilot - 269 Squadron - Hudson FK758 - 22 November 1943, flying accident

NORFOLK, WO K.W. - Pilot - 1407 Flight - Ventura AE806 - 22 April 1944, flying accident


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
03:07:56 13 April 2006
Post:
Hi Hugh

BALLANTYNE, Flight Sergeant O.R - WAG - from Dorval - Boston (serial ? - 10 December 1942 - flying accident

* Boston Mk. IIIA s/n BZ287

HAY, P/O G.D. - WAG - 45 Group - Hudson (serial ?) - 28 May 1943

* Hudson Mk. IIIA s/n FK742

ASSEFF P/O P. - WAG - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident NELSON, P/O D.K. - Navigator - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident

* Dakota Mk. III s/n KG396

TINGLE, P/O LJ - Pilot - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 5 March 1944 - flying accident

* Same as above

THOMSON, P/O J.N. - Navigator - 45 Group - Dakota (serial ?) - 7 March 1944 - flying accident

* Dakota Mk. III s/n FZ676

* The crew of Canso 'A' s/n 11061

BEWLEY, Flight Sergeant D.G. - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

PETTIGREW, F/L T.J. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

LATHAM, F/O F.W. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

MACDONALD, WO1 J.N.D.H. - Navigator - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

STEINBERG, P/O H. - WAG - 162 Squadron (RCAF) -Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

ATREE, WO E.R. - Flight Engineer - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 19 December 1944, operations

OAKFORD, F/L E.P. - Pilot - 162 Squadron (RCAF) - Canso (serial ?) - 22 December 1944, accident or operations ?

* Pilot of Canso 'A' s/n 11061 which crashed on the 19th of December 1944.

Cheers...Chris


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: tomthorne83 (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:23:10 13 April 2006
Post:
Hello Dave,

i do believe that my grandfather was involved in searching for a crashed aircraft while he was serving as a Padre in the Hallamshire Battalion, 49th (Polar Bear) Division in Akuyeri in 1942. I am not at home at the moment, but when i return i shall check out the battalion war diaries as i am sure that there is a map showing where they searched and eventually found it. I'll be in touch, Tom


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
20:23:39 13 April 2006
Post:
Thanks Chris, Hugh & Tom,

I never expected such a good response to my quest for info on the Iceland aircraft, I certainly have much to work with now, I am grateful too for Ragnar%60s list which confirms some of the aircraft mentioned by Hugh & Chris.

Tom, I would be most interested as I am sure others would who answered my topic, on hearing of your Grandfathers search for the crashed aircraft, hope you can add more on this please.

Chris, The mention of the Dakota%60s is interesting I do have one on my own list which I would like to know which mountain it crashed on. This is:

FZ676 on 7th March 1944. Hit mountain 15 miles from Reykjavik (15 miles in which direction???)

Crew : Pilot. SGT Bernard Vincent Arney. RAF.

Nav. P/O John Nisbet Thomson. RCAF.

R/O. SGT Arnold Thomas. RAF.

Regards.

Dave.


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:29:36 13 April 2006
Post:
Dave,

The reason I didn't include KG396 and FZ676/FZ677 on the list I sen you, is that neither crashed into hight ground to the best of my knowledge.

It's been ages since I looked at the 45 Group T.C. Dakota losses in Iceland during the month of March 1944, but they are confusing to say the least. Here are the ones I have on record:

5/9/44; KG 396; crashed into rocky terrain (low ground), 12 mls. SSE of Meeks Field, during a Radio Range approach. The pilot was P/O Lester J. Tingle, RCAF. I show three crew being killed, all RCAF, but I note that the Form 1180 says only two fatalities.

6/3/44; KG446; missing on ferry flight from Iceland to U.K.

9/3/44; FZ677; crashed 15 mls. (again on low ground) 15 mls. SW of Reykjavik while on ferry flight from Reykjavik to Prestwick. I list the pilot as being Sgt. Bernard V. Arney, RAF. Three fatalities.

9/3/45; FZ676; missing on ferry flight Reykjavik to Prestwick. I suspect there is a mixup here with FZ677.

I would appreciate if anyone can clarfy the confusion between FZ677 and FZ676.

Ragnar


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:24:05 13 April 2006
Post:
Hi Dave

I do not have the direction of travel when Dakota FZ676 crashed, but if I had to guess, it would say from the west. Then again if it was doing a beacon approach it could have been from the east )-:

I'm not sure if you have the following gen;

Dakota Mk. III s/n KG396 crashed 12 miles south-southeast of Meeks Field, Iceland on the 5th of March 1944.


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
19:28:02 14 April 2006
Post:
Hello Dave,

i dont have the war diaries for the date of the crash, but the following is taken from "Polar Bears From Sheffiald" by Don Scott - its a history of the Hallams in WW2.

""On the 26th [May 1941] a message was received by the Hallams asking if anyone had seen or heard a Fairey Battle aircraft overflying the area. The aircraft was overdue at Kaldadarnes and was feared to have crashed or made a forced landing somewhere in the surrounding mountains or valleys. The Recce Platoon (newly formed from the renamed ski platoon0 was now required to operate from a base at Bakki and send out patrols in search of the aircraft. Ray Langdale was a member of the Recce Platoon.

Ray Langdale - One thing i remember was a Fairey Battle aircraft went missing over our area so they turned us out to search for it in the mountains and valleys. Of the three groups that went out, it was eventually spotted by a man called Colin King. The method used was for individuals to set up in prominent positions and scan large areas with powerful field glasses. His group were on the other side of the valley in which the aircraft came down. They guided us onto the scene by wireless and we found the wreck in a basin at the head of the valley. All the crew of three had been killed so we came down the mountain to a school house where we had a meal. Eventually two padres, an RAF officer and four sergeants arrived with a large wooden cross about six feet high. We took them back to the scene and we mounted this cross on a cairn, close to the wreckage. We had a catholic and Church of England service at the site.

(Don Scott writing) There were apparently no 'recoverable' bodies and therefore no individual burials as the crash had been a bad one with the armed aircraft exploding on impact and wreckage scattered far and wide. The few remains found at the crash site were placed underthe cairn."

I hope that is of interest. It is a little hard to tell if one of the two padres involved in the church service was my grandfather as i have not been able to get a precise date that he joined the unit. The war diaries for the Hallams record him as arriving the next year in England, but his service records and various photos of him show him as serving with the Hallams during this period in Iceland. Its another thing for me to work out! I will have a look next time i am in the archives for the war diary entry as i am pretty sure that there is a map of the search area in the appendix.

Of interest, the Hallams were training in winter warfare, with the idea that they might be sent to invade Norway! They never did and were retrained for the Normandy landings, eventually were told that they were not to take part in the landings on the 6th, but landed the 13th June. My grandfather was Battalion padre until 1946 and was put up for the MC in Normandy, received a Mention in Dispatches instead and was then put up for the VC in Belgium, but won the MC instead! He was also Mentioned in Dispatches in March 1945.

Hope its of interest, Tom


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
19:30:26 14 April 2006
Post:
Sorry shoudl read 26th May 1941 in the above


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Highgroundsman
Time Stamp:
19:42:08 14 April 2006
Post:
Thanks Tom,

Definately P2330 of 98 Sq, and a very interesting article which I am sure will interest Ragnar if he has not seen this before,I hope you find your Grandfather was one of the Padre%60s who visited the site. (See my link in entry 4 of this topic for details on the Fairey Battle & photos)

Best Regards.

Dave.



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
11:01:57 16 April 2006
Post:
Hi Dave, very interesting being able to see photos of the crash and learn a little detail surrounding the accident. I will keep on trying to find out if my grandfather was one of the Padre's. I have recently made contact with the Polar Bears association and perhaps one of the surviving veterans can help on that. I have a little extra information regarding the incident taken from a Mr Tim Crook's website (http://www.irdp.co.uk/JohnCrook/iceland.htm). His father, John Crook, served with my grandfather in the Hallams. His website has a small extract that he has taken from the war diaries:

''D' Company recce patrols west of the Horga River and the high ground South East of Hladir. (April 1941)

'The remains of an RAF Fairey Battle plane tracked down by mountain patrol. Lieutenant Sim found the missing plane at the head of Vaskardulur approx 1,300 yards. The plane appeared to have run into the mountain and blown up. All occupants were dead. A letter started by a Sergeant Talbot was found. No tracks in the snow leading to or from the remains of the plane.'

I will send him an email to see if he has a copy of the war diaries. Regards, Tom



RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:41:09 16 April 2006
Post:
Tom,

The person that probably knows more about this crash than anyone is H%F6r%F0ur Geirsson of the Akureyri Museum who spent years looking for the wreck and is the person responsible for having the human remains of the crew removed from the site and buried at the Commonwealth Wargrave Plot at the Fossvogur Cemetray in Reykjavik. He might know whether your grandfather was a memeber of the team that went to the site after the crash. His e-mail hg.A T.akmus.is.

Ragnar


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: tomthorne83
Time Stamp:
13:13:59 18 April 2006
Post:
Thanks Ragnar,

i shall send him an email see if he knows.


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: KeithBryers
Time Stamp:
10:10:03 22 April 2006
Post:
I have come across some old notes that there were three Fw 200 crashes on Iceland: 24/10/42, 28/10/42 & 5/11/42. You probably know about these. I'm afraid I kept no further details of them or the source of the info.

Keith


RE: Aircraft Accidents in Iceland
Author: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
10:53:19 22 April 2006
Post:
Keith,

Yes, there were three Fw 200's shot down by USAAF fighters in Iceland during WW.II. Another five went failed to return from operations to the Iceland area, the fates of which are unknown.

Ragnar