Photo of the Week
May 15, 2005
Another historical moment in our Canal Zone history captured!
CZ Images contributor note:
I followed the link to the picture of the dedication of the Miraflores swing bridge and noticed the picture of Gen Andrews. Less than a year after that picture was taken on the bridge in Panama, Gen, Andrews died in an air plane crash in Iceland. But as I have copied below the last year of his life was very eventful. You probably know that Andrews AFB outside of Washington, DC was named in his honor.
In 1942 he went to North Africa, where as commander of all United States' forces in the Middle East, he helped to defeat Rommel's Afrika Korps.
In February 1943 Lt. Gen. Andrews became the commander of all United States forces in the European Theater of Operations. In his memoirs, Gen H.H. "Hap" Arnold, commander of the Army Air Forces in WWII, expressed the belief that General Andrews would have been given the command of the Allied invasion of Europe — the position that eventually went to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Unfortunately, on May 3, 1943, the B-24 carrying General Andrews on an inspection tour crashed while attempting to land at the Royal Air Force Base at Kaldadarnes, Iceland. General Andrews and 13 others died in the crash. Only the tail gunner survived. Click here to read a summary of circumstances for the crash.
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