461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

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Ahlberg - #42 Barcus - #123 Barnes - #53 Barnhart - #59 Bauman - #44 Baumann - #46 Bigelow - #54 Bontempo - #1/26 Boyd - #44R Bridges - #5/5 Brothers - #41 Chester - #9/1 Coates - #96- Coleman - #58- Conner - #4/7 Courtney - #50R Curtis - #152 DeSpain - #57-0 Donovan - #45 Dunn - #54-1 Edwards - #40 Ehrlich - #45R Falkner - #8/29 Farnham - #42R Fawcett - #50 Fernsten - #49R Fink - #9/22 Friedersdorf - #8/28 Garner - #50-1 Guyton - #10/8 Hall - #6232 Hatem - #4/16-9 Hesser - #56 Holmes - #47 Hooper - #12/12 Hoskins - #124 Hutchison - #102 Jehli - #42-1 Kassian - #57R1 Kuhlman - 52R LaRock - #1/30 Ledendecker - #4/6 MacDougall - #41 Mahlum - #1/6 Malvin McKee - #154 Merkouris - #49-7 Miller - #10/23 Misius - #56R Moses - #7/25-1 Mowery - #49 Nixon - #42 O'Neal - #10/31 Pearce - #55R Philips - #8/22 Ray - #58-0 Ridenour - #3/3 Roberts - #52R Robertson - #48 Seeman - #43 Settle - #55 Shaw - #43-1 Sidovar - #10/16-1 Simon - #53 Sobieski - #8/22 Sterret - #7/12 Tebbens - #3/12 Thomas - #46R Townsley - #58-2 Trier - #55-1 Vahldieck - #1/30 Vanderhoeven - #50-1 Ward - #53-2 Webb - #6781 Webb - #8/28 Wiemann - #6413 Wilson - #44-1 Wilson - #52 Wood - #51 Wren - #7/23 Wright - #52-1 Yetter - #56R Zive - #59-0

O'Neal - #10/31

MACR #11805

O'Neal crew #10/31

Courtesy of Dan Matthews

Standing L-R: O'Neal, Joseph M. (P) [KIA]; Rothe, Roderick E. (CP) [KIA]; Koke, Sheldon D. (B); Merritt (N)

Kneeling L-R: Martin, Donald M. (RWG); Keenan, Francis T. (LWG) [KIA]; Rossini, Gino F. (NG) [KIA]; Nowosilski, Harry (BG); Mitchell, Burton F. Jr. (TG) [KIA]; Ellis, Thomas R. (TT) [KIA]

Note:Merritt (N) does not appear on the 461st BG roster.  Could he have been pulled from the crew before deployment?

O'Neal Story

Courtesy of Dan Matthews

A member of the crew who had survived the crash of Joseph O'Neal's B-24 (Ship No. 52/44-48761) visited Francis Keenan's family following release from a POW camp after the war. He described what had happened, and Keenan's brother (who had served as a pilot in the USAAF) wrote the story and drawing of the airplane on the back of the crew photo.  Click on the image for a larger version.

Francis Keenan

Courtesy of Dan Matthews

Francis Keenan just prior to being deployed.

44-48761

Courtesy of Dan Matthews

Model of 44-48761 (#52) that O'Neal crew #10/31 were flying when they went down.

Keenan letter

Courtesy of Dan Matthews

Letter to Francis Keenan's mother concerning the death of her son.

Addition to MACR #11805