Marshall’s Great Captain By Kathy Wilson

  • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Release date: 04-23-24

Marshall’s Great Captain By Kathy Wilson AudioBook summary

On May 3, 1943, dozens of planes could be seen flying in and out of Royal Air Force Bovingdon Airfield. Among the aircraft seen that day was a B-24D bomber named Hot Stuff, which carried the Commanding General of US Forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews-the officer charged with formulating a plan to invade Europe. Speculation was that General George C. Marshall had called Andrews back to Washington, DC, leading many to believe that Marshall had another promotion in store for Andrews. Tragically, Andrews would never arrive. While attempting to land in Iceland, the bomber crashed into a mountain, with no survivors other than the tail gunner; Andrews’s personal papers were also destroyed.

In Marshall’s Great Captain, author Kathy Wilson details Andrews’s extraordinary life and career. The first biography dedicated to the namesake of Joint Base Andrews, this book sheds a light on Andrews’s crucial role in orchestrating US involvement in WWII, as well as the professional relationship between Andrews and Marshall. Wilson raises Andrews’s legacy to its legitimate place within the annals of both air power and WWII history and posits that there is a high probability that Andrews was Marshall’s first choice for the office of Supreme Allied Commander. Marshall recounted that Andrews was the only one he had a chance to prepare for such a command.


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