"Chicago" & "New Orleans" fly to Reykjavik, Iceland
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
At 9 we got ready to leave and a few minutes after were on the way. There was a high wind blowing from the North and that hindered us quite a bit -- it taking a little over 5 hours for the 300 mile trip. The visibility was excellent most of the way except for occasional patches of fog and one dust storm.
We followed the coast line & saw numerous boats, a few seals, numerous glaciers -- at least 40. This country plainly shows its volcanic origin & while we failed to see them, there were many smoking craters.
The cruiser Richmond arrived just as we did, the other boats following soon after.
Practically, the whole town was out to greet us & were most enthusiastic & a fine large house was placed at out disposal. In the evening a number of the naval officers came ashore & everyone congregated at the hotel -- where a fine time was had by all.
by Lt. L. H. Smith, Commanding
The harbor at Hornafjordur is very shallow and at low tide it was very difficult to find an area large enough for the take-off, but at high tide this morning, the planes got away at 9:12, following along the coast where a very few safe landing harbors were available. The destroyer Billingsley was passed at Portland Point, then the flight followed the coast through several quite several dust storms until reaching the narrowest point of the peninsula on the southwest end of Iceland, crossing over they took a direct course to Reykjavik, landing in the inner harbor at 2:15.