Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Miles Richard League

Military

Pilot 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Later on 9-Oct-43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

25-Feb-44 Shot down by FW190s in B-24 41-24147 "The Duchess". Prisoner of war (POW)

Awards: DFC, BS, AM (5OLC), PH, AF Commendation, WWII Victory, EAME (8 battle stars).

Service

People

  • Robert Daves

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9th AF. Crew member 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • James Fox

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF. Crew member 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Adrien Hubert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Crew member 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Robert Theis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Bombardier 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • L White

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF. Crew member of B-24 41-23711 'Jerks Natural', flew on Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ...

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 - The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. It was detached, transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil...

  • 42-40610 'Satan's Sister'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 June 1921

Son of James Britt and Gabriella [Busbee] League.

Enlisted Charlotte, NC 16 January 1942

Charlotte, North Carolina

Based Benina August 1943

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF. TDY 9AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Interned (INT) 291 76 Rinkaby, Sweden 9 October 1943

9-Oct-43 on mission to bomb Danzig U-Boat production in B-24 42-40610 'Satan's Sister' A/C took flak hits, lost engine on return, diverting to Sweden. A/C Belly landed in Rinkaby airfield, Sweden. Interned.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 25 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out POW Herxheim, Germany 25 February 1944

Shot down by FW190s in B-24 41-24147 "The Duchess" 25-Feb-44. Prisoner of war (POW)

Died Greenville, SC 24 September 2010
Buried Springwood Cemetery Greenville, Greenville County, SC 27 September 2010

Springwood Cemetery
Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2021 17:08:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/283246499/miles-richard-league-social-secur...
https://www.fold3.com/record/83989384/miles-r-league-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/59215740/miles-richard-league

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 14:03:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 14:21:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 830 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share