Guy Gilbert Mealy, an insurance agent who flew behind German lines on missions to drop paratroopers before the Normandy invasion, died Monday of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 69.
He was an armorer in the 366th Fighter Group of the Ninth Air Force in Belgium, France, England and Germany.
"He flew behind enemy lines when they dropped the paratroopers the night before the [D-Day] invasion," his wife of 14 years, the former Joanne Maher Wilson, said.
"He arrived at Pointe du Hoc with the 366th five days after the invasion when his unit established a base there. We returned to Normandy several years ago and he was very moved, especially when we visited the American cemetery. It was so heart-breaking. Yet, he said that he wouldn't have changed or missed the experience of having been involved with D-Day, and I know that he saw so many terrible things there," Mrs. Mealy said.
"On a lighter side, he used to tell the story of visiting Paris the day after the Germans left and before the Allies came in. There was one day when there were no military forces in the city, and he and a few friends took a Jeep and went off to Paris where I guess the people were glad to see them, and the girls gave them lots of kisses," she said.
After Mr. Mealy's discharge in 1945, he returned to Baltimore and finished his education at Polytechnic and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1948.
He began his career with the Allstate Insurance Co. in 1951. His duties included opening new offices and training new agents.
In 1974, he became a general agent with the company and opened his own office on Timonium Road.
Towson Golf and Country Club, played golf worldwide and was a member of the Maryland Free State Seniors Golf Association. For many years, he was a contributor and subscriber to Center Stage. He was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Associates and the 366th Fighter Group Veterans Association.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, with interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Other survivors include a son, Stephen Mealy of Towson; a daughter, Cynthia Reilly of Alexandria, Va.; two brothers, Richmond Mealy of Bishopville and Donald Mealy of Parkville; three step-sons, Kelly Wilson of New Haven, Conn., David Wilson of Bel Air and Andrew Wilson of Columbia; three step-daughters, Denise Diegel of Westminster, Michele Marincola of New York City and Meg Melvin of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris Hospice Care Program to benefit the Monsignor Lyness Fund, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204, or Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 110 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.