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Joseph Dale O'Meara




  • John Toomey

    Military | Major | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group

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  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

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Born Ohio, USA 1917
Lived in Medina, OH 44256, USA 1941
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 15 March 1941

Fort Hays

Died Messina, Province of Messina, Italy 31 January 1943

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.

Because his body was never recovered, he's memorialized on the Wall of the Missing.

O'Meara received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

O'Meara is also memorialized in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth Ohio.


Tablets of The Missing
North Africa American Cemetery
Tunis, Tunisia


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