1LT Joseph Dale O'Meara


1LT Joseph Dale O'Meara

Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Jan 1943 (aged 25)
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Wall of the Missing
Memorial ID 56249399 View Source
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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.

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Entered the service from Ohio.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56249399
  • Find a Grave, database and images ('meara : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Joseph Dale O'Meara (20 Apr 1917–31 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56249399, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .