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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.b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com

Service

Units

People

  • Joseph Craighead

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner on B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff 41-23728 | 93rd Bomb Group

  • George Eisel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    The only survivor of a crash May 3, 1943. 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...

  • George Farley

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-2441-23728 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 tailgunner.

  • Robert Jacobson

    Military | Major | Bombardier on B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Jeffers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed on a noncombat mission. Afterr completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-2441-23728 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...

  • John Lentz

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot on B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff | 93rd Bomb Group
    After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-2441-23728 was scheduled to fly home May 3, 1943, and help sell war bonds. Lentz and pilot Robert 'Shine' Shannon brought the crew through 25 missions . Shannon, a former fighter pilot and...

  • Paul McQueen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner On B-24 Hot Stuff 41-23728 | 93rd Bomb Group
    KNO. After completing their missions, as a member of the the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-2441-23728 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 tailgunner.

  • Grant Rondeau

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    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 tailgunner. According to Stewart...

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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 Mt. 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
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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