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Hot Stuff and General Andrews Monument


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Photos: Courtesy of hiticeland.com.

On May 2rd 1943 a B-24 Liberator bomber in the US Air Force, Hot Stuff, crashed into the mountain Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland.  It was one of many aircraft accidents in Iceland during WWII but an exceptionally tragic one.  All members of the plane were killed in the crash except one. The story of Hot Stuff is a remarkable one as the crew had completed 31 successful missions during the war and was the first to complete 25 missions.  As a reward, Hot Stuff was chosen to tour the US to sell bonds to finance the war. The flight plan took a slide change as they were preparing to leave in England when General Frank Maxwell Andrews joined the crew. At the time General Andrews was the Commander of the European Theater of Operations. His mission, on the other hand, was to participate in critical strategic high ranking meetings and prepare the invasion of Normandy.  He had been selected to command the entire Allied Forces. 

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