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41-23728

B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 missions even though the B-17 Memphis Belle wears the label. Hot Stuff crashed into a mountain in bad weather on its way back to the United States to tour the country and help sell war bonds. All on board except the tail gunner were killed.

Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews, Commander of the European Theater of Operations, members of his staff and three chaplains were also on board. All were killed.

Joint Base Andrews where Air Force One is hangared was named after Lt. Gen. Andrews.

More information including the story of Hot Stuff and Gen. Andrews and film clips from the National Archives is available at the following website: www.stridsminjar.is/hotstuff

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Andrews

    Military | General | Commander of all United States forces in the European Theater of Operations
    General George C. Marshall said late in life that there was only one general he had been able to "prepare all around" for the supreme command of the invasion of Europe -- and his name was not Ike. ...

  • Charles Barth

    Military | Brigadier General | Chief of Staff for American Forces in the European Theatre of Operations
    Brigadier Charles H Barth was one of the passengers killed when B-24 41-23728 'Hot Stuff' crashed in Iceland in very bad weather, killing all but the tail gunner. Awards: DSM, LOM, American and Defence medals, PH.

  • Fred Chapman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Field Artillery
    Fred Chapman was one of the passengers killed when B-24 41-23728 'Hot Stuff' crashed in Iceland in very bad weather, killing all but the tail gunner. Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Craighead

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Eisel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    The only survivor of a crash 3-May-43. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland killing all...

  • George Farley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland killing all but...

  • Robert Humphrey

    Military | Major | Chaplain and aide to Bishop Adna W. Leonard
    Major Robert Humphrey was one of the passengers killed when B-24 41-23728 'Hot Stuff' crashed in Iceland in very bad weather, killing all but the tail gunner. Awards: PH.

  • Robert Jacobson

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    A college graduate from the North Western University, Robert 'Jake' Jacobson signed on with the Army Air Force before America entered the war. From October 1942 he flew 31 combat missions as bombardier in a B-24 'Hot Stuff' of the 93rd BG - one of the...

  • Kenneth Jeffers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed on a noncombat mission. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland killing all but the...

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Fagradalsfjall, Iceland 3 May 1943 – 16 December 1943

Hot Stuff competed 31 missions and was the first heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 and 31 missions.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 14:24:28 Lux1 Changes to description
Sources

James Lux
hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 14:22:45 Lux1 Changes to description
Sources

James Lux
hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2016 21:04:46 Lux1 Changes to unit associations
Sources

James C. Lux

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2016 02:55:34 Lux1 Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

James C. Lux Collection

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 03:09:12 Lux1 Changes to description and events
Sources

Website: www.b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 02:37:07 Lux1 Changes to markings
Sources

Web site: www.b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2015 02:34:49 Lux1 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

www.b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4709 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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