Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 493rd Bombardment Squadron

TSgt. William R. Ober, Jr., 13044695, Flight Engineer - Leland Berlette Crew

Enlisted: 15 Dec 41    Air Medal

Sgt. George R. Oberlander, Jr., 33871527, Aerial Gunner - Sommers Crew

Enlisted: 27 Oct 43   Killed In Action: 29 Jan 45

Air Medal   Purple Heart

Oberlander was a gunner on B-24M #44-50389, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were returning to their base at Pandaveswar India from a bombing mission against Ban Takll Siam when contact was lost. It is believed the aircraft crashed into the Bay of Bengal near Akyab Burma. Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

TSgt. Cornelius H. O'Leary, 31146034, Flight Engineer - Albert Smith Crew

Enlisted: 13 Jul 42   Air Medal

1Lt. Dale E. Olive, O-703514, Bombardier - Aldrich Crew

Enlisted: 6 Oct 42   Separated: 24 Jul 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Capt. Ralph M. Olson, O-657754, B-24 First Pilot

Enlisted:26 Sep 42   Killed In Action: 19 Dec 50 (Korean Conflict)

Silver Star    Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster

It is likely that Capt. Olson was killed in action while forward-observing ground control officer. He and his team would have been assisting with guiding air units on strikes against enemy positions.

Cpl. Edward J. Olszewski, 31411340, Aerial Gunner - Shull Crew

Enlisted: 2 Mar 42    To Theater: 21 Nov 43

Cpl. Gurley (NMI) Otts, 14001124

Enlisted: 3 Jul 40    Separated: 9 Sep 45

Sgt. William E. Oxendine, 34670933, Aerial Gunner - Marshall Crew

Enlisted: 6 Apr 43   To Theater: 13 May 44   Separated: 21 Oct 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

493rd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel