Frank Maxwell Andrews (February 3, 1884 – May 3, 1943) was a general officer in the United States Army and one of the founders of the United States Army Air Forces, which was later to become the United States Air Force. In leadership positions within the Army Air Corps, he succeeded in advancing progress toward a separate and independent Air Force where predecessors and allies such as Billy Mitchell had failed. Andrews was the first head of a centralized American air force and the first air officer to serve on the Army's general staff. In early 1943, he took the place of Dwight D. Eisenhower as commander of all U.S. troops in the European Theater of Operations.
He was killed in an airplane accident during an inspection tour in Iceland, in 1943. He was the first of four lieutenant generals to die during the war, the others being Lesley J. McNair, Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. and Millard Harmon. Joint Base Andrews in Maryland is named after him, as well as Andrews Barracks (a kaserne in Berlin, Germany), General Andrews Airport (demolished) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Andrews Avenue in Pasay City, Philippines.
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“O cant you see, brother
Deaths a congested road for fighters now,
and hero a cheap label.”
—C.D. Andrews (19131992)
“I have lifted the veil. I have created life, wrested the secret of life from life. Now do you understand? From the lives of those who have gone before, I have created life.”
—Edward T. Lowe, and Frank Strayer. Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill)
“Hey, Steve, can a woman go nuts from gettin sawed in half too many times?”
—Griffin Jay, Maxwell Shane (19051983)