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SSGT Eugene J. O'Mara

SSGT Eugene J. O'Mara

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Romania
Burial Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 99440820 · View Source
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Regarding the name of the B24D: The aircraft was alternately known as the "Damfino" (pronounced as in "damned if I know") or "Four Eyes", depending on which side of the aircraft you were standing. Port side had the Damfino logo with a painting of a prone naked girl with propeller breasts. Starboard just The words "Four Eyes" as far as I know. The painting was done by Amos Nicholson, famous for painting the Disney characters on some of the 98th's ships. The two witnesses to the Damfino going down were both on the "Sleepy" (Snow White) aka "Squaw", piloted by Lebrecht on the opposite side of the formation. Although often reported as 9 MIA, the MACR shows 10. O'Mara was my uncle
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Gunner S/SGT Eugene J. O'Mara DFC KIA
Hometown: Laconia NH
Squadron: 389th Bomb Gp
Service#
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/LT Lawrence L. Hadcock KIA

Target:Campina, Rumania - Ploesti
Mission: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 42-40655
Aircraft Model B-24D-
Aircraft Letter: S
Aircraft Name:FOUR EYES
Location: Fighter -- 9 KIA (2 from 389th BG the other being Bombardier 2nd/Lt Peter A. Timpo)

Sgt O'Mara was a gunner in the 389th BG he was on temporary duty with Hadcocks crew from the 98th Bomb Group when he was killed.

Sgt O'Mara was a recipient of the Distinguished flying cross for his participation in the Ploesti raid "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the Sky Scorpions destroy the Steaua Romana oil refinery. The refinery does not produce oil for six months. The 389th earns Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, The 389th BG loses six aircraft on this mission.

Visit the virtual cemetery of the "FOUR EYES"" Crew. Click here


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  • Created by: John Dowdy
  • Added: 23 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99440820
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Eugene J. O'Mara (19 Oct 1920–1 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99440820, citing Saint Lamberts Cemetery, Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .