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George Anthony Eisel Jr

Military

SSgt. George Eisel was the only survivor of the non-combat crash of his B-24, Hot Stuff. After completing their 25 combat missions, Eisel, as part of the crew of, B-24 41-23728 Hot Stuff, was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO, back to the U.S. and report for a war bond tour in the States. The plane, Hot Stuff, crashed in bad weather in Iceland, killing all but Tail Gunner Eisel. 3-May-43

Earlier, Eisel had survived another crash as a tail gunner. That crash was a dead stick landing in the desert with his pilot, 1st Lt. John R. "Packy" Roche, the pilot of the B-24D, 41-23909, Ambrose II. Eisel was known to be an excellent tail gunner with 8 x unofficial kills, who held his fire until the Axis fighter pilots moved in close. Eisel's combat career ended with this crash. He was hospitalized in the States, but survived his injuries.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Captain James Gott was assigned as the navigator to the 330th Bomb Squadron, the , 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force. After completing their required combat missions, the crew of, Hot Stuff, the B-24D, 41-23728, were tasked with flying General...

  • John Roche

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Ploesti mission : ...

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Capt. Robert Shannon and the the crew of the B-24D, 41-23728, Hot Stuff, 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 tail gunner. Capt. Shannon...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23728 - Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Hot Stuff, was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force (93rd Bomb Group, and 330th Bomb Squadron) to complete 25 missions, even though the B-17, Memphis Belle, wears the label of the first 50th mission B-24. Hot Stuff, crashed...

  • 41-23909 - Ambrose II

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Ambrose II, flown by the pilot, Lt. John R. "Packy" Roche and crew, were hit by both German fighters and ground flak attacking a target at the port of Bizerte, Tunisia. Roche made a dead stick landing near Bone, Algeria, on their return from...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Franklin County, OH, USA 3 January 1910

Son of George A Sr and Cornelia A [Ranft] Eisel.

Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 23 February 1942

Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio

Based Hardwick September 1942 – May 1943

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Survived crash Mt Fagradalsfjall, Iceland 3 May 1943

Sole survivor of B-24D 41-23728 'Hot Stuff' crash on Mount Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland.

Awarded DFC Iceland 29 June 1943

Received DFC award in Iceland.

Hospitalised United States July 1943

Hospitalised Stateside.

Died San Diego, CA, USA 25 February 1964
Buried Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego CA 28 February 1964

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 09:14:14 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3398132/george-anthony-eisel

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 09:12:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3398132/george-anthony-eisel

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 04:51:23 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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SSgt. George Anthony Eisel, Jr. - Find-A-Grave memorial

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 04:41:30 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23909 - Ambrose II

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2022 04:30:50 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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SSGT. George Eisel - Find-A- Grave Memorials - Obituary

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2021 22:51:43 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2021 22:46:13 Kickapoo Changes to role and biography
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Punctuation removed from aircraft name for clarity. Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 10:20:21 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3398132/george-anthony-eisel

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2020 12:33:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/88788207_george_a%20eisel/details/
http://b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3398132

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2020 03:21:30 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2016 18:33:32 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/88788207_george_a%20eisel/details/
http://b24hotstuff.wikispaces.com/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3398132

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2016 02:40:37 Lux1 Changes to awards
Sources

James Lux at hotstuff.memorial@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs, Vol 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 114;Ted's Travelling Circus by Carroll Stewart, Chapter 11 'Tragedy in Iceland' pp. 111-118, picture p. 116

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