1LT David D O'Brien

Massachusetts, USA
Death 22 Feb 1944 (aged 25)
Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 152147825 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. A. Aloyse O'Brien who resided in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

David served as a First Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24D #42-72847, 513rd Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Bristol County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on July 7, 1941, prior to the war, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the production of bakery products and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #42-72847 took off from San Pancrazio, Italy on a bombing mission over Regensburg, Germany. After the bombing mission was completed B-24J #42-100253, for an unknown reason, crashed into B-24D #42-72847 causing both aircraft to crash in Germany during the war.

David was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-678382

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-72847:

Andrews, Ralph H ~ T/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, NH
Folck, Alfred C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, OH
Herbert, Glendon M ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, IN
Koslow, Walter J, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Mosher, Warren A ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, RI
O'Brien, David D ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, MA
Ohrt, James B ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Simpson, Maurice E ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, NH

For airmen who perished on B-24J #42-100253 see:

Englen, Robert J ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IL

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!




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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT David D O'Brien (23 Aug 1918–22 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 152147825, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .