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James A Oblack

Military

James Oblack served as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 44th Bomb Group / 67th Bomb Squadron. On his first mission, 4 October 1943 with Pilot Robert G. Stamos, their B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the plane begin to spin down and when Stamos gave the order to bail out, Navigator John A. Must and Bombardier Donald G. Campbell jumped out and drowned in the North Sea. Stamos and his Co-Pilot Howard W. Metts later regained control of the plane and managed to fly it back to England. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 5149. James Oblack was wounded, shot through the cheek, and survived. He never flew again and went to ground support work.

Service

People

  • Robert Stamos

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 October 1943, B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the plane begin to spin down and when Stamos gave the order to bail out, Navigator John A. Must and Bombardier Donald G. Campbell jumped out and...

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 December 1921
Lived in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, United States 1942
Enlisted Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States 9 November 1942
Died 27 April 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 15:18:16 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5149
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5149 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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