Andrews, Frank Maxwell, born 03-02-1884 in Nashville, Tennessee, was a General Officer in the United States Army and one of the founding fathers of the United States Air Force. Andrews was the first head of a centralized American Air Force and the first air officer to serve on the Army’s General Staff. He didn’t see the battlefields in Europe during World War I and came to the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Aviation Section, U.S. Signals Corps. In 1940, Andrews assumed control of the Air Corps’ Panama Canal Air Force and in 1941, he became commander of the Caribbean Defense Command, which had the critically important duty during World War II of defending the southern approaches to the United States, including the vital Panama C. He took the place of Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower as commander of all U.S. troops in the European Theater of Operations. In March 1943, Frederick Andrews and Major General, Ira C. Eaker commander of the Eighth Air Force in Britain, received the personal congratulations of Prime Minister, Winston Churchill after a successful American bombing raid on the German submarine yards at Vegesack. Andrews was rated as a command pilot and had acquired 5.800 hours of flying, only 173 of which were flown as an observer. However, on 03-03-1943, during an inspection tour, Lieutenant General Andrews was killed, in crash of B-24d-1-co Liberator, 41-23728, of the 8th Air Force out of Raf Bovingdon, England, after an aborted attempt to land at the Royal Air Force station at Kaldadarnes, Iceland.
Death and burial ground of Andrews, Frank Maxwell.
General Frank Andrews at the age of 59 and thirteen others died, in the crash. The pilot of the aircraft, Captain Robert H. Shannon
the copilot Frank Andrews, four additional crewmen and eight passengers were fatally injured. The only survivor was the tail gunner, S/Sgt. George Anthony Eisel of Columbus, Ohio, he escaped with only minor injuries. Eisel would still die young, age 54, on 25-02-1964
U.S. Army personnel remove bodies from the wreckage of Andrews’ B-24 after it struck a mountain side in Iceland.
Frank Maxwell Anderson is buried with his wife Jeanette Allen, who died age 74 in 1962, on Arlington Cemetery, Virginia USA, Section 5-Grave 1885 . Close by in Section 5 the graves of the General, Provost Marshal, Headquarters, IX Corps, William Abendroth, Lieutenant General, Commander 3rd Armoured Division, The 3rd Armored Division, nickname “Spearhead” had 231 days of combat in World War II, with a total of 2.540 killed, 7.331 wounded, 95 missing, and 139 captured. Total battle and non-battle casualties came to 16.122, Frederick Brown, also buried here, Clifton Cates, Navy Admiral, Commander Tenth Naval District, John Hoover and Admiral USA Navy, US 7th Fleet, Thomas Kinkaid. Also buried Major General, Commanding General of the Tenth Air Force, Clayton Lawrence Bissel.