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Leo Edward Stephens


Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg in B-24 42-50459 with Buxton crew 16-Aug-44; hit by flak and crashed at Gerwisch Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8426

Awards: PH, GC, POW, WWII Victory, American Campaign, EAME (1 x Battle Star).



  • John Buxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 year old B-24 pilot whose plane was brought down by flak on his second mission over Magdeburg, Germany on 16-Aug-44. Hit by flak and crashed at Gerwisch in B-24 42-50459 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8426. ...

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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. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Rosemount, Minnesota 25 September 1920
Based Seething 1944 – 16 August 1944

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 16 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Died Hennepin County, MN 16 June 1997
Buried West Oak Grove Cemetery Oak Grove, Anoka County, MN 19 June 1997

West Oak Grove Cemetery
Oak Grove, Anoka County, Minnesota


Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 19:59:32 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / widow, MACR 8426