McIntyre, Omer E., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd BOmb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Jul 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 82, Site 55C

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Omer E. McIntyre was born in 1921 in Indiana, according to enlistment data. The US Census 1940 shows him as a stepson residing in the household of Charles M. and Eva J. Quackenbush.

He enlisted at Fort Benjamin Harrison , Indiana on July 2, 1941. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was a member of the Indiana National Guard. He was trained as an aerial gunner, awarded wings, and assigned to the combat crew led by Lt Fonner in North Africa.

On July 16, 1943, the crew was part of a formation to bomb facilities in Italy. On the bomb run, a flak shell hit #4 engine, setting it on fire. Immediately, another shell exploded in front of the aircraft, killing the forward crew and setting #3 engine and wing gas tank on fire. The aircraft dropped, rolled to the right, and plunged earthward. It then exploded, throwing three crew members free.

These members made a safe parachute landing, although all were slightly injured. They were captured by Italian troops, and as they were taken to a hospital, they were told that 6 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage. These bodies were evidently buried locally and retrieved later, as in July, 1950, they were returned and buried in a common grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri in Section 82, Site 55C.
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Omer E. McIntyre was the ball turret gunner on B-17F # 42-29799, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 209 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Robert M. Fonner  p
2 Lt William M. Ayles  c-p
2 Lt Leo Grossman  nav
2 Lt Loyd C. Dibert  bomb
TSgt Charles R. Geno  eng/tt gun
TSgt Alfred L. Beene  r/o
SSgt Omer E. McIntyre  btg
SSgt William N. Jackson  wg
SSgt James L. Arnold  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Geno, Jackson, and Arnold were the survivors.

LT Dibert's name as recorded on crew list is "Loyd." All other references equal "Lloyd."

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