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James W. O'Malley
 
James O'Malley, WWII
James O'Malley, WWII
 
 
Recent Address:   124 Dolphin Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Patrick and Winifred; Siblings: Eleanor, Winifred, Nancy, Patricia, Thomas, Eamon
 
Hometown:   Elizabeth, NJ
 
Date Entered Service:   March 29, 1943
 
Service Number:   32779258
 
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   768th BombSquadron
 
Location of Unit:   Walker AAF, Victoria KS; January 4, 1944
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:   4
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation.
 
Service Schools Attended:   Aircraft & Engine Mechanic, Gulfport, MS Jun-Nov 1943; R-2800 Engine Overhaul, Willow Run, MI November-December 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Ground crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6316 Excalibur
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   November 5, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 25, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Entered active reserve (USAF) June, 1948, and was assigned to a Photo Recon Sqn. At Newark NJ airport. January 1949 assigned to a Troop Carrier Sqn. At Floyd Bennett N.A.S., Brooklyn NJ. Called to active duty May 1, 1951, assigned to 305th Bomb Wing at MacDill AFB in Florida. Sent to KC-97 A & E School at Kelly AFB Texas. Returned to MacDill, 305th Air Refueling Sqd. until my discharge on June 1952 as S/Sgt.
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Since I was trained as a machinist, I worked in that trade for most of my life and spent 12 years in aircraft engine overhaul shops before moving on to printing and related machinery until my retirement in January 1990.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I am proud to have served in the 58th Bomb Wing. When I think of what we did to prove and improve the reliability and worthiness of the B-29 airplane and thus were able to bring about the defeat of Japan.
 
Comments:
See photo below: Front Row: S/Sgt. W.D. Harris, Cpl. James W. O'Malley. Back Row: M/Sgt. Horace Knight, 1st Lt. Rowland, Cpl. Thomas Corbin, S/Sgt. George Satek (Crew Chief), T/Sgt. William Frede.

 

Ground crew, Piardoba, India, Jan. 1945
Ground crew, Piardoba, India, Jan. 1945
 

 


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