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Richard F O'Neill

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Norbert Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Boyd Boggess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: PH.

  • George Carvour

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Severely damaged by flak after making two bomb runs over th target of Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-100073 'Sack Artist' crashed near Dubendorf, Switzerland after the crew baled out. Interned.

  • George Grimes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Paul Hagmann

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Daniel Kennon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Julian Lester

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: PH.

  • Robert McAdams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Baled out, sole survivor from crew. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1653 ...

  • Charles Shaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Woodrow Worth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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

  • 41-24232 'Calaban'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #41-24232 'Calaban' of 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Malta. Later lost on 11th Dec 43 raid to Emden Industrial area, pilot Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was known for his violent...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Son of Richard J O'Neil.

Based Shipdham 1943 – 11 December 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Nr Emden estuary, Germany 11 December 1943 – 11 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653

Buried Wittmund, Germany 20 January 1944

Interred
Wittmund cemetery

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot A Row 25 Grave 15

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2019 19:29:10 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28703081
https://www.fold3.com/record/529856694-richard-f-oneill
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360130/richard-f_-o_neill

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2019 17:24:36 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28703081
https://www.fold3.com/record/529856694-richard-f-oneill
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360130/richard-f_-o_neill

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2017 15:35:05 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, biography and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1653

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1653 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 23

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