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Robert Theis

Military

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

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Miles League

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot 42-40610, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

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

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 12 April 1918
Based Benina 1943 – 1944

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

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st 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.

Died 16 February 1987
Buried Davids Cemetery Kettering, Montgomery County, OH 19 February 1987

Davids Cemetery
Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2021 20:30:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28608338
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43542220/robert-theis

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 14:17:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 14:25:52 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 830 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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