Oscar D O'Neill

Military

Object Number - UPL 26752 - Capt Oscar D O'Neil and crew of the 401st Bomb Sqn, 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, beside Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-5070 'Invasion II'....

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16019527
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19049717 / O-727084
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20746404 / O-726996
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Navigator - Group Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12035120 / O-662769
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32183032
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner / Flight engineer

Aircraft

Ground crew of the 91st Bomb Group uncover the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress at Bassingbourn. Image stamped on reverse: '’Reviewed and Passed U.S Army 24 Mar 1943 Press Censor No 21 E.T.O. U.S.A.' [stamp]. 'Passed for publication 24 MAR 1943 INTLD 32 Central Section Press Censorship Bureau' [stamp]. 'Associated Press' [stamp]. '254766' [Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: 'FORTRESSES DAY RAID ON WILHELMSHAVEN The German naval base at Wilhelmshaven was successfully attacked in daylight March 22 by A
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Invasion II
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 8 November 1942
  • Official Description: 41 HBs bomb the Abbeville/Drucat A/F and the Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille.

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Puerto Rico Son of Oscar D Sr and Ada L O'Neill.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan, Poland 1943-04-17 - 1945-05-25 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Other

Shot down

Oldenburg, Germany 1943-04-17 Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety.
Westchester, NY

Based

Bassingbourn 1943-04-17 Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date19 Aug 2021 21:28:11
Contributoracbernstein1
Date19 Aug 2021 19:29:14
Contributoracbernstein1
Date8 Mar 2020 23:56:39
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:53
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15519 / MACR 15519, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 105, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar pp. 37-38 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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