The New Orleans arrived on 2 August while the Chicago arrived on 3
The World Cruisers were welcomed
with pride in Hornaford, Iceland. Excellent
arrangements had been made at
including a temporary radio station, set up by the Navy in
the building used for the quarters while there. No plans were made
departure the next day, the flight waiting to determine the extent of
damage to the "Boston". SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE
The Sailors from the Richmond getting ready to bring the New Orleans up onto the beach
for repairs at Reykjavik, Iceland. C.V. GLINES
9: Today the Prime Minister entertained at lunch for us &
the ships captains -- Ogden [mechanic of "New Orleans"]
& I appearing in shirts & ties and feeling like burglars. Skuli Skullison, a local newspaper man
[Associated Press] appeared in our
midst today. For humor he is a jewel -- assisted as he was by a
drunken Swede, Dane, & German. The American press
men declaring him the find of the season. Great crowds gathered #4 ["New Orleans"]
all day -- just looking & looking -- this no doubt
being the greatest event in Iceland since its discovery. Four
warships with about 2500 sailors & 6 airplanes has awed the town.
Hauling the New Orleans through the streets of
Reykjavik by truck. C.V. GLINES
The New Orleans pulls up anchor in
Reykjavik, Iceland SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE
6, 7, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 18, 20: Spending time in the area or on the
USS Richmond in Reykjavik,
Iceland SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE
Dornier Wahl Seaplane
17, The Italian Locatelli aviator arrived today in a Dornier
Wahl seaplane. They made no advance arrangements for their flight
across the Atlantic but were relying supplies left over by the
Americans. According to an agreement between officials in
Washington, D.C. and in Italy, the Italian plane was to remain one
flight behind the American planes. However, it was realized that it
would be a great help for Locatelli if he were allowed to
accompany us. Authority for this was requested today from the Chief of
Air Service [Gen. Patrick].
World flight supply ship "Hans Egedi"
at Minonak (Angmassalik), Greenland MUSEUM OF FLYING
August 8, Report: The advance
officer of the 6th Division, Lieut. C.E. Crumrine, was present who
confirmed the reports previously
received that Lieut. LaClair D. Schulze was on board the Gertrud
Rask which was taking supplies to Angmagsalik and which was
still blocked in the ice and unable to reach its destination. However,
this did not discourage the flight due to the fact that a record
maintained for the past twenty years gave the average date for
Angmagsalik to become ice-free as August 15th. Action is being
taken in several ways to get the flight through without actually
landing in Angmagsalik. The cruiser Raleigh departed today on
a scouting trip to see if there were any other harbors, or if it
were possible to find an ice harbor suitable for refueling the planes.
August 15, Report: Radio messages were sent to Lieut. Schulze,
who finally reached Angmasalik, asking him to make a scouting trip
to determine if there were not some other harbor near Angmasalik
available for us. On August 14th, a reply was
received reporting the existence of a safe mooring place and the
Navy took up their patrol stations. Later,
another message from Lieut.
Schulze was received, informing us that conditions had changed and that
it was still impossible to land at or near Angmasalik.
16, Still the Angmasalik harbor is full of young icebergs &
in addition the boats en route report bad weather and 50 mph gales.
The village of Angmagasalik on
Greenland's east coast was suppost to be the fliers' nect stop from
Iceland, but the weather closed in this area.
So here we sit waiting to see what happens. Tentative plans were made today so that
if the situation in Angmasalik does not clear up
soon we may hop direct to the southernmost point of Iceland and then to
Frederiksdal -- a distance of 820 miles -- 750 of which is a
water jump & which we want to avoid if possible. Ten hours of water
flying all at once is guaranteed to produce several gray hairs anytime.
They had to fly on to Fredricksdal at the sothern tip of the large
AIR FORCE MUSEUM
August 21st, A World Cruiser
lands near an iceberg in the harbor at Frederiksdal, Greenland.
The 830-mile flight from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Frederiksdal was the
longest nonstop flight of the whole journey. U.S.
AIR FORCE MUSEUM
The weather was very foggy so in the morning we worked around doing
routine work on the planes & then went to the
native village to look around. The natives here are very primitive,
live in sod & stone huts, eat nothing but fish & birds &
skins & beads. They are very clever with their native boats,
"kayaks" & two entertained us by rolling over & over, etc.
As yet no word has been received
from Locatelli -- boats from the Island Falk have been sent to the
north & south & rumor
has it that a plane was heard passing shortly after our arrival. So
perhaps we will have definite information.
23, For a short while in the morning it was clear here, but at
the same time it was foggy at Ivigut so we waited for that to
clear & in the meantime made al preparations to leave. But then it
became foggy here & grew worse as the day continued.
Icebergs of all kinds float
up and down the fjord & a motor boat is on guard all the time to
push them away. While sitting in the planes
this morning Harding ["New Orleans" mechanic] & I saw a berg,
only a hundred yards away, turn over. It rolled and wobbled about for
five minutes and was quite a sight. Alongside the Island Falk a
huge berg parked & we decided to climb aboard it to take pictures,
-- but after seeing the other berg perform we changed our minds.
The officers of the Falk treated us
more royally than ever & this evenings entertainment was mostly
impersonations by "Bill Boyd" & "Radio Joe."
All day we expected to hear
something from Locatelli but no news came at all -- our guess being
that he is somewhere on, or near, the eastern coast.
The Chicago and the New Orleans moored in the iceberg infested
harbor at Fredricksdal, Greenland. U.S.
AIR FORCE MUSEUM
The last stop in Greenland
before flying to North America was Ivigtut, on the island's west shore.
It was 335 miles to Icy Tickle on Labrador's shore. the Cruiser USS
Milwaukee is seen below the incoming DWC. PICTORIAL HISTORIES
25, It was a rainy, windy, and cold day and as usual we were wet
& chilled but having been so many times noticed it but little --
assisted by a crew of sailors we spent the day on the beach where
the old motors
were removed & the new ones set in. By tomorrow night they should
be all connected up & ready for a trial hop. Capt. Penney [Captain of the
cruiser Milwaukee] entertained us at dinner which was a fine one.
Movies were to have been the evenings entertainment but the rain
prevented that so we sat around playing the Victrola & later
greeted us first thing this morning -- it being that at midnight the
Richmond had picked up Locatelli
& his crew
-- 90 miles east of Cape Farewell.
His plane was sunk & perhaps we,
better than anyone else, can appreciate how he feels regarding that
& also how
he feels in having been picked up after drifting so long
in a section of the world where boats so seldom travel.
Photos from the books: "The First Flight Around The World" and "Around
the WORLD in 175 days"
Enhanced by: Vern
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