Joseph Dale O'Meara

Joseph Dale O'Meara

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 31 Jan 1943 (aged 25–26)
Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Burial Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 79872480 · 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.

He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

O'Meara is also memorialized on the Wall of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.


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  • Created by: essay
  • Added: 4 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 79872480
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Dale O'Meara (1917–31 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79872480, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by essay (contributor 47288952) .