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Eisel George Anthony Jr.

George Anthony Jr. Eisel
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
330th Bomber Squadron, 93rd Bomber Group
Date of Death:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery San Diego, San Diego County, California
A-A, 2327
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Hear

George Eisel was born on January 3, 1910 in New Jersey and was from Ohio. He was a Crew member ( Tail-Gunner ) on the B-24 Liberator “Hot Stuff (41-23728) assigned to the 330th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces (World War II; European Theater of Operations) flying combat mission's out of RAF Bovingdon, England. “Hot Stuff” was the first US Bomber to complete 25 missions, 25th mission on February 7, 1943, against long odds at a time when many planes were being shot down. Hot Stuff became the first heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete twenty-five missions in Europe in World War II and reached its 25th mission three-and-a-half months before the widely celebrated B-17 "Memphis Belle". After Hot Stuff completed thirty-one missions, the plane and her crew were on the return flight to the states for a War Bonds publicity and morale-boosting tour on May 3, 1943, and Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, Commander of the European Theater of Operations needed to get back the states as he had been summoned to Washington DC by the General of the Army, George Marshall. Andrews and his entourage hitched a ride on Hot Stuff, and in doing so bumped five crew members from the flight. Though they were supposed to refuel at Prestwick, Scotland before heading out over the Atlantic, the crew elected to skip stopping at Prestwick and proceed to their next waypoint, Reykjavik, Iceland. They arrived to find the weather at their destination quite dicey with snow squalls, low clouds and rain. After several aborted attempts to land at the Royal Air Force station at Kaldadarnes, Iceland, the B-24 crashed into the side of 1,600-foot-tall Mount Fagradalsfjall, near Grindavik, Iceland. Upon impact, the aircraft disintegrated except for the tail gunner’s turret which remained relatively intact and 14 of the 15 aboard died except the tail-gunner Sgt Eisel who, though injured, survived the crash. A monument remembering the achievements of “Hot Stuff”; the May 3, 1943 crash and LTG Andrews is located in Iceland in Grindavik. FROM AIR MESUEM BRITIAN:The only survivor of a crash May 3, 1943. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland killing all but tail gunner Eisel. According to Stewart, Eisel had survived another crash as a tail gunner. That crash was a dead stick landing in the desert with Packy Roche as pilot of B-24 41-23909. Eisel was known to be an excellent tail gunner who held fire until the Axis fighter pilot moved in. On p. 113, Stewart credits him with 8 unofficial kills. Eisel's combat career ended with this flight and he was hospitalized in the States. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. A website "A Story of Triumph & Tragedy" honors the crew and passengers. It is and is reference for this monument.