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Lester Steves

Military

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 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.

32 combat missions, enlisted from 23 Feb 1943 to 18 Oct 1945; Caterpillar Club for bailing out once; European Theater of Operation

AM 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • 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...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95024 GYPSY QUEEN

    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 ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alliance, Ohio 30 March 1923

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 13:48:35 RayWells Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Changes to Connections and Biography

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF News, December 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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