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Gypsy Queen crew - taken on October 3, 1944 after their 5th mission (whiskey run), which was to Neustad, Germany

Back Row - Clarence Mayronne, New Orleans, LA , Top Turret; George Walker, Philadelphia, PA , Waist Gunner; Maxey Spencer, Kinmundy, IL, Engineer; David Mitchnick, Detroit - MI , Radio; Robert Atkins, Fairlee, VT , Tail Gunner; Joseph Grunas, Detroit, MI , Nose Gunner.

Front Row: Allen Bryson, Salt Lake City, UT, Pilot; Edward Watson, Portland, OR , Co-Pilot; Albert Gehrt, Topeka, KS, Bombardier; and Sol Greenberg, Bronx, NY , Navigator — at USAAF Air Station 144 -- 2 miles south east of Attleborough, Norfolk, England.



  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • Allan Bryson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Albert Gehrt

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Solomon Greenberg

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Joseph Grunas

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner

  • Clarence Mayronne

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • David Mitchnick

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Maxey Spencer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Maxey Spencer, of Kinmundy, Illinois, enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 1, 1941, reporting to Camp Grant, near Rockford, Illinois. He was sent to Old Buckenham Air Base in England, flying 35 missions in B-24 Liberators from September 1944...

  • George Walker

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Edward Watson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot


  • 42-109896 Gypsy Queen

    B-24 Liberator
    Ex-392nd Bomb Group - first trace with 453rd BG: 14 October 1944. Transferred to 44th BG after 11 April 1945 but flew no missions with that Group.


  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2018 12:36:13 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations

Added connections to airmen's records

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 23:12:28 fltengson59 Changes to caption

pilot diary

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 22:48:39 fltengson59 Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

private photograph