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Leo Frederick Baumann


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)

Awards: SS, AM(OLC), 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...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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


  • 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 ...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....


Event Location Date
Born Munich, Germany 3 July 1922

Son of Leo Baumann Jr.

Lived in Peoria, IL 1942
Enlisted Peoria, IL 21 July 1942

Peoria, Illinois

Flight training George Army Air Field, Lawrenceville, IL 1943

Advanced flight training - George Army Air Field, Lawrenceville, Illinois, Commissioned.

Died Nearby Hardwick, UK 5 November 1944

Killed in emergency landing. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 6 November 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot D Row 4 Grave 2


Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 11:50:14 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 11:44:33 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 01:49:17 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Changes to aircraft associations

My father Karl Eisele served with Leo on this plane.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2018 19:05:10 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Changes to role

Leo was my Dad's (Karl Eisele) best buddy on their plane. Leo was the pilot.

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

ABMC / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia