Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey

Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey

Birth
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Jan 1943 (aged 29)
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56250863 · View Source
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On January 31, 1943, Toomey was pilot of 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.

Toomey was from Austin, TX. He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas.

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  • Maintained by: Susan Toomey Frost
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56250863
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey (19 Feb 1913–31 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56250863, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Susan Toomey Frost (contributor 47899510) .