B-24D Liberator, 41-23728
During an inspection tour, Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews (1884–1943) is killed in crash of B-24D-1-CO Liberator, 41-23728, of the 8th Air Force out of RAF Bovingdon, England, on Mt. Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula after an aborted attempt to land at the Royal Air Force station at Kaldadarnes, Iceland. Andrews and thirteen others died in the crash.
Andrews was the highest-ranking Allied officer to die in the line of duty to that point in the war. At the time of his death, he was Commanding General, United States Forces, European Theatre of Operations.
Capt. Robert H. Shannon - Pilot †
Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews - Copilot †
S/Sgt. George A. Eisel - Tailgunner - survived
Capt. James E. Gott - Navigator †
T/Sgt. Kenneth A. Jeffers - Radio Operator †
S/Sgt. Lloyd C. Weir - Crew Chief †
S/Sgt. Paul H. McQueen - Gunner †
Civilian Adna W. Leonard - Methodist Bishop and Chairman of the Corps of Chaplains †
Brig. Gen. Charles A. Barth Gen. Andrews Chief of Staff †
Col. Marlow Krum - Member of Gen. Andrews Staff †
Col. Frank L. Miller - US Army, Chief of Chaplains †
Maj. Theodore C. Totman - Gen. Andrews Secretary †
Lt. Col. Fred A. Chapman - US Army†
Maj. Robert H. Humphrey - US Army Chaplain †
Capt. Joseph T. Johnson - Gen. Andrews Aide †
Consolidated B-24D-1-CO Liberator
Serial no: 42-23728
USAF 8th. Airforce 93rd. Bombardment Group.
A monument was unveiled on the 3. of May 2018 honoring those that perished on Mt. Fagradalsfjall and Hot Stuff and her crew who were the first to complete 25 missions in WWII.
A documentary film by Mr. Jim Lux: A story of Triumph and Tragedy.