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Richard B Mays


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23809.

Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 42-41002. Killed in Action (KIA).

DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron
  • 409th Bomb Squadron



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born Quincy, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Hollland 22 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
09 October 2019 14:48:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:25 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC; MACR 2183, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 433 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2183 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database