The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - Iceland
The Short Snorter Project
Issue date: 15 April 1928 - Serial Number: A2,230,866
This is a very well preserved 10 Kronur Note issued by the Government of Iceland.  As with a number of foreign
currencies, the note was printed out of country by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co LTD Engravers in England.  
On inscription is on the obverse as follows:                                                                                          Sydney Heum
                                                                                                                                                                                Meeks Field  
                                                                                                                                                                                   12 Nov 45
On inscription is on the reverse as follows:  
                       Gus Fretland                                                                                                                                           
                          Meeks Field,
                           12 Nov 45
Two British airdromes in Iceland, at Reykjavik and Kaldadarnes, had been developed by July 1941. Built to accommodate
the lighter types of aircraft used for defensive purposes, neither of the fields was suitable for larger aircraft such as
multi-engine bombers.  Considerable improvement of these two airdromes and construction of new airfields were
necessary. On 29 December 1941, the Iceland Base Command commenced construction of two airfields at Keflavík, the
bomber field (Meeks Field) and its satellite (Patterson Field).  These were originally envisioned to be part of the air
defense of Iceland, as Germany had from 60 to 90 long-range bombers capable of reaching Reykjavík and returning to
their bases in Europe. Ultimately, these bases became a principal North Atlantic American air base and an important link
in the ferry route to England.
Meeks Field, Iceland 1944
Army Air Force meteorologists prepare to a launch hydrogen-filled balloon with an attached radiosonde.  This device
transmitted back temperature, humidity, and pressure data. This instrument was used up until just before the end of
WWII Iceland post important for shipping and forecasting for European operations.