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Joseph Dale O'Meara

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  • Robert Block

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Otho Hundley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Alfred Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Clifford Street

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Joseph Taulbee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • John Toomey

    Military | Major | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-11603 Malicious

    B-24 Liberator
    One of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO) which departed the US in May 1942 to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. The HALPRO aircraft were then assigned to the 376th Bomb Group when...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 1917
Lived in Medina, OH 44256, USA 1941
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 15 March 1941

Fort Hays

Died Messina, Province of Messina, Italy 31 January 1943

On January 31, 1943, O'Meara was navigator on B-24D #41-11603 named 'Malicious', assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bombardment Group, 513th Bombardment Squadron. Malicious was the lead plane on a combat mission to bomb Messina Harbor in Sicily. Two engines were knocked out of commission by anti-aircraft artillery, but they stayed on their bomb run and hit their target. They were then set upon by German fighter planes and after a running battle, were forced to make a water crash landing into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men.

Because his body was never recovered, he's memorialized on the Wall of the Missing.

O'Meara received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

O'Meara is also memorialized in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth Ohio.

Buried

Tablets of The Missing
North Africa American Cemetery
Tunis, Tunisia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 23:34:38 466thHistorian Changes to place associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Suweir_Air_Base

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 22:39:38 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/kia_mia.html

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 22:39:18 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56249399
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=991652
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/kia_mia.html

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