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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. ...

  • Larry 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

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 The Duchess - Evelyn

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

  • 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. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • 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

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