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1Lt Robert John O'Leary

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1Lt Robert John O'Leary

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 10 Apr 1945 (aged 21)
Lugo, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Plot F Row 10 Grave 2
Memorial ID 56365766 View Source

O'Leary was the navigator on B-24L #44-49710, assigned to the 15th Air Force, 464th Bombardment Group, 779th Bombardment Squadron. The plane was named Stevenovich II, after the pilot's son.

They were flying from Pantanella Air Base on a bombing mission against Lugo Italy to support ground forces of the the British 8th Army. Right after releasing the bombs the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing which caught fire and broke apart. The plane turned over and started tumbling. The radar operator was thrown clear and was able to parachute to the ground where he was taken prisoner. The other ten men aboard were killed.

He received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Entered the service from Kentucky.


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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56365766
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56365766/robert-john-o'leary : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Robert John O'Leary (3 Mar 1924–10 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56365766, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .