Otto Henry Moreland

Military

Object Number - UPL 23690 - Westrope Crew, 708th Squadron, 447th Bomb Group. Photo taken at Rattlesden. Standing in front of B-17 "Satchel Lass" (42-31185). Judging from the...

Mr. Moreland had been employed by the United States Postal Service office at Smithville as a rural letter carrier for many years until retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he had worked for Koch in North Kansas City, Mo.; Ford Aircraft, Claycomo, Mo.; and Benson Manufacturing, Kansas City.

Born in Arley, Mo., he was reared and attended school in Paradise, Mo. He was a graduate of the Smithville High School, and served in the Air Force during World War II and among the medals he received was a Distinguished Flying Cross (CG #868, 3d Bomb Div, 21 Oct 1944) "for extraordinary achievement while serving as waist gunner on many high altitude heavy bomardment missions against the enemy over Continental Europe, during a period ending 18 October 1944. Sergeant Moreland repelled numerous hostile fighter attacks by his excellent marksmenship, thereby assuring the safety of the crew and aircraft."

SSgt Moreland was inducted into the "Lucky Bastards Club" on 18 October 1944 for flying no less than 30 successful missions as Waist Gunner on the Flying Fortress "Milk Wagon", "for having braved the hazards of Hun Flak, for bringing Hitler and his cronies tons of bombs, for bending the Luftwaffe's back; all through the courtesy of the VIII Air Force.

Mr. Moreland was a member of the First Baptist Church, Smithville, where he served as a deacon, head usher and on various committees.

On Dec. 10, 1948, he married Anna Dolores Helvey. They made their home near Smithville. She survives him in Kearney, Mo as of 12 Oct 2019.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35652655
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Pilot, Comptroller
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O 717 475
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Due Back
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Blanco Diablo
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Swanee Pride
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ground Pounder
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Shack Happy
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 19 July 1944
  • Official Description: More than 1,100 Heavy Bombers, operating in 5 forces, attack targets in Germany, including 2 plants producing hydrogen peroxide (an ingredient in V-weapon fuels), a chemical plant, 2 aircraft factories, 4 ball bearing plants, 6 Marshalling Yards, 4...
  • Date: 7 August 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Clay County, MO, USA 1913-08-11

Died

Smithville, MO 64089, USA 2000-04-30

Enlisted

Revisions

Date12 Oct 2019 21:07:06
Contributorjpmoreland
Sources

AAFRS Form 2-72 dtd 2/27/1944, signed by James A. Smith, Jr., Major, Asst Personnel Officer transcribed by Colonel James P. Moreland, USAF (retired), [email protected], 12 Oct 2019

Date12 Oct 2019 20:43:35
Contributorjpmoreland
Sources

I, Col Jamese P. Moreland, USAF (retired) am the nephew of O.H. Moreland, and am in possession of his military records, having received them from his wife, Anna Dolores Moreland of Kearney, MO as of 12 October 2019.

Date12 Oct 2019 20:08:24
Contributorjpmoreland
Sources

I am O.H. Moreland's nephew and am in possession of his service records, having received them from his wife, Anna Dolores Moreland.
James P. Moreland, Colonel, USAF, MSC (retired), [email protected]

Date12 Oct 2019 19:50:55
Contributorjpmoreland
Sources

O.H. Moreland is my uncle and I am in possession of his service records. (James P. Moreland, Colonel, USAF, MSC (retired). [email protected]

Date8 Mar 2017 21:48:26
Contributortimothymotz
Sources

Timothy Motz, from 447th loading lists

Date5 Feb 2017 03:19:25
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz; from a mission list kept by Harold Motz, compared with Doyle Shields, "History of the 447th Bomb Group"

Date5 Feb 2017 03:09:36
Contributortimothymotz
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Timothy Motz

Date15 Jan 2017 23:02:38
Contributortimothymotz
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Name corrected; birth and death dates and locations added by Timothy Motz from obituary:
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Moreland&GSfn=Otto&GS…;

Date13 Oct 2016 23:16:29
Contributortimothymotz
Sources

Timothy Motz from notes on a crew photo from Harold Motz, 2016

Date14 Sep 2016 10:40:23
ContributorLucy May

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