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In 2010, Jim Lux began a project to get recognition for the crew of the B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff for being the first heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 missions in World War II and to revive the legacy of one of America's great military leaders, Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews.

In 2012, Jim contacted Doddi and Oli Marteinsson in Iceland seeking their help in locating the site and recovering pieces of wreckage where Hot Stuff crashed while trying to land in bad weather. Jim explained that he wanted pieces of wreckage to offer them along with the story of Hot Stuff and Gen. Andrews for display to prominent museums in the United States.

Doddi invited Jim to come to Iceland and he and his brother Oli (they had been to the crash site) offered to help locate and recover pieces of Hot Stuff wreckage. When Jim arrived in Iceland, Doddi and Oli took him to the crash site. While at the site on Mt. Fagradalsfjall near Grindavik, Doddi mentioned that he and Oli thought there should be a monument there.

They met with United States Ambassador to Iceland, Luis Arreaga the following day and informed him of their idea for honoring the crew of Hot Stuff, Gen. Andrews and those who died in the crash with a monument. He liked the idea and offered to help.

Doddi and Oli found a suitable location for the monument near a highway with Mt. Fagradalsfjall in the background. The land was owned by the town of Grindavik. Doddi, Oli and a member of Ambassador Arreaga's staff, Eric Green made a presentation to the mayor of Grindavik. He and the town council approved of the plan and made the land available in time for a plaque to be unveiled at the site on May 3, 2013, the 70th anniversary of the accident.

Jim committed to raise the funds, and he, Doddi and Oli were responsible for the design and contract for construction and installation of the monument. The fundraising effort took six years. The monument was completed in time for it to be dedication on May 3, 2018, the 75th anniversary of the accident.

Participants in the dedication included: the Iceland Government, the United States Embassy, the United States Air Force and the Iceland Coast Guard. The ceremony ended with a flyby of a 5th Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Minot, North Dakota and an Iceland Coast Guard helicopter.

Sculptor, Terry Hinde of Julesburg, Colorado built the stainless-steel model of the Hot Stuff that sits above the monument. The stone portion of the monument was built by S:Helgason of Reykjavik, Iceland and Grafa & Grjót ehf of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland did the installation.

 

Ólafur "Oli" Marteinsson

Reykjavik, Iceland

Retired Icelandair Executive                                  

Expert on World War II crash sites in Iceland

 

Þorsteinn "Doddi" Marteinsson

Keflavik, Iceland

Retired Business Owner/Carpenter

Expert on World War II crash sites in Iceland

 

James "Jim" Lux

Austin, Texas

United States Air Force veteran

IBM Corp. retiree