James W. O'Malley

James O'Malley, WWII
James O'Malley, WWII
Recent Address: 124 Dolphin Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
E-mail Address:
Family Info: 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
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Walker AAF, Victoria KS; January 4, 1944
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions:
Awards: American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation
Service Schools: Aircraft & Engine Mechanic, Gulfport, MS Jun-Nov 1943; R-2800 Engine Overhaul, Willow Run, MI November-December 1943
MOS: MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6316 Excalibur
Where You a POW?:
POW Location:
Where You a Interned?:
Internment Location:
Date Transferred from the 58th: November 5, 1945
Date Discharged: November 25, 1945
Post WWII 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 About the 58th: 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

58th Bomb Wing Veterans Index
© New England Air Museum 2016-2021
36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT, 06096