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Andrews, Frank Maxwell

Born: 1884 AD
Died: 1943 AD
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1884 – Born in Nashville, Tennessee on the 3rd of February.
1901 – Andrews graduated from the city’s Montgomery Bell Academy.

1902 – He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point.

1906 – He joined upon graduating was smaller than that of Bulgaria and beset with internal turmoil, but it gave the young second lieutenant ample opportunities to play polo, see the world, and observe the high and low politics of leadership in an ossified organization.

1914 – Andrews gained entrée into elite social circles in Washington and within the military.

1918 – Andrews went to Rockwell Field, California, in April.

1923 – After returning to the United States, Andrews assumed command of Kelly Field, Texas, and he became the first commandant of the advanced flying school established there.

1928 – He attended the Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field, Virginia, and the following year he went to the Army Command and General School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

1933 – His graduation from the Army War College.

1934 – Andrews returned to the General Staff.

1935 – In March, Andrews took command of the newly formed General Headquarters Air Force, which consolidated all the Army Air Corps’ tactical units under a single commander.

1939 – In March, at the end of Andrews’ term at GHQ, he was reduced in rank, exiled to a remote air base and expected to retire.
After President Roosevelt named Marshall in July to serve as Chief of Staff, Marshall’s first senior staff selection was Andrews — a decision that prompted furious opposition from the Secretary of War and others, over which Marshall prevailed only after threatening to resign his new post.

1940 – Andrews assumed control of the Army’s Panama Air Force.

1941 – He became commander of the Caribbean Defense Command.

1942 – General Andrews went to North Africa, where he spent three months in command of all United States forces in the Middle East from a base in Cairo.

1943 – In January, Lieut. Gen. Andrews was appointed commander of all United States forces in the European Theater of Operations.

         – On the 3rd of May, the B-24 carrying Andrews on an inspection tour crashed in Mt. Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula after an aborted attempt to land at the Royal Air Force Base at Kaldadarnes, Iceland.


2.7 (53%) 20 votes