Joseph Dale O'Meara

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Object Number - UPL 24167 - 1st. Lt. Joseph Dale O'Meara - KIA. Messina, Italy. Jan 1, 1943 B-24 Navigator Major John Toomey Crew 8th Air Force - 376th Bomb Group -...

1st Lieutenant Joseph Dale O'meara was a B-24 navigator, in the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th bomb Squadron, TDY to the 9th Air force in Benghazi, Libya. He was killed in action (KIA) on his B-24D Liberator Bomber, 41-11603, Malicious, on a mission to Messina, Sicily. His aircraft was hit by two direct flak rounds destroying two engines. The aircraft was, then, attacked by German fighters and, after a running gun battle, it's pilot, Major John Toomey was forced to make a water ditching into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft in the area saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men. Maj. Toomey, Lt O'Meara, and their crew were all listed as Missing In Action, MIA. Jan, 31, 1943.
Lost Jan 31,1943. ITA - Pilot Maj. John M. Toomey - Navigator Lt. Joseph O'Meara - 515th Bomb Squadron - MACR 3304
Because his body was never recovered, Lt. O'Meara is memorialized on the Wall of the Missing.

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

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

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16003930
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 7020410
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6997114
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 515th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 7022339
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-1703812
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Malicious
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 515th Bomb Squadron Halverson Detachment

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Lod

Events

Event Location Date Description

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.

Born

Ohio, USA
Medina, OH 44256, USA

Buried

Tablets of The Missing North Africa American Cemetery Tunis, Tunisia

Revisions

Date21 Dec 2021 11:01:18
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date21 Dec 2021 10:50:45
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date18 Apr 2021 16:43:55
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376th Bomb Group

Date18 Apr 2021 16:39:16
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of August 1, 1943 - James dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date18 Apr 2021 16:36:30
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Malicious'

Date18 Apr 2021 16:21:54
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Best Web - B-24 - 'MALICIOUS'

Date6 Nov 2016 23:34:38
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Date6 Nov 2016 22:39:38
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