Military | Major | Pilot | 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...
|Lived in||Medina, OH 44256, USA||1941|
|Enlisted||Columbus, OH, USA||15 March 1941|
|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
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