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42-95024

B-24 Liberator

The aircraft shown is not 42-95024 but does show many of the crew members on board on the day that she crashed 5th November 1944

Was added to the USAAF on 24th February 1944 and arrived in the UK 12th April 1944.

She was assigned to the 409th Bombardment Group, 93rd Bomb Group at USAAF Hardwick, Norfolk.

On the 5th November 1944 she was one of 366 2nd Division Liberators that set out on a mission to Karlsruhe Railway Marshalling Yards in Germany, No B-24's were lost in the mission itself but four aircraft crashed on their return.

Gypsy Queen was reported to have one engine feather when it crashed, presumably having lost this due to flank damage. In 1973 a spokesman at the farm where she crashed at Church Farm described seeing her approach from the North with the crew baling out close to the river Waveney, some at extremely low altitude. He said the B-24 appeared to be attempting an emergency landing, but the nose of the aircraft dug into the ground and it broke up. He recalled the fuselage broke in half, the nose was wrecked and there was a fire with ammunition exploding.

The Police reports states only two crew were killed in the crash but 93rd Bomb Group records indicate a third 409th Squadron crewman was killed baling out.

Crashed at Church Farm Shipmeadow, a few miles short of Hardwick Nov. 5, 1944. 3 killed.
1st LT Leo F Baumann, 2nd LT Eddie Dunne and Staff SGT Leo Henry KIA

Gypsy Queen was designated Cat E-2 (Crashed and Burned) and salvaged by a team under Lt Ayers from the 3rd Strategic Air Depot from 6th November 1944.

Service

People

  • Leo Baumann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Karlsruhe 5-Nov-44; Hit by flak on the return flight and broke up during an emergency landing near Church Farm close to their Hardwick home base. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Rodney Bortis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    On 28 January 1945, enroute to bomb Dortmund coke plant, plane was hit by flak burst in bombay area. Plane crashed near Essen. Sergeant. Bortis bailed out safely but was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Edward Dunne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 SS/ AM/ PH

  • Karl Eisele

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Pathfinder Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Initially on B-24 42-95024, the “Gypsy Queen” piloted by Leo Baumann. After its crash, reassigned to other planes. On the 20th mission in January 1945, plane was hit by flak and landed in Sweden. Interned in Sweden until 8 May 1945. B-24 42-51523, the...

  • Windell Hart

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Leo Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 ...

  • David Jones

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    On Board 42-95024 Gypsy Queen when, On the 5th November 1944, she was one of 366 2nd Division Liberators that set out on a mission to Karlsruhe Railway Marshalling Yards in Germany, No B-24's were lost in the mission itself but four aircraft crashed on...

  • Gerry Melmood

    Military | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    On board 42-95024 On the 5th November 1944 when she was one of 366 2nd Division Liberators that set out on a mission to Karlsruhe Railway Marshalling Yards in Germany, No B-24's were lost in the mission itself but four aircraft crashed on their return....

  • Marshall Minister

    Military | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Donald Perkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 340

    6 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 20:31:22 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 20:29:52 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 20:10:23 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:59:34 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:58:56 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:57:21 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:55:35 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:54:01 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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19 February 2021 19:51:44 Kerry Wilmot Changes to mission associations
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Adding missions

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19 February 2021 19:37:09 Kerry Wilmot Changes to media associations
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Gypsy Queen crew

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 22:30:35 RayWells Changes to description
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Correction in Bio

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20 June 2020 22:19:26 RayWells Changes to description
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Changes to Biography as aircraft was misidentified

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20 June 2020 12:38:42 Kerry Wilmot Changes to person associations
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K Wilmot

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20 June 2020 12:37:03 Kerry Wilmot Changes to description
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Description from Bob Collis

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19 June 2020 01:56:22 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Changes to description
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My father, Karl Eisele served on this plane.

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2020 19:23:02 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
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As per records of Ted Eisele, son of Karl Eisele, Jr., who flew on this plane until its crash on 5 Nov. 1944.

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