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James Wilbur Miller


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40706.

Completed 30 bombing missions incl. Ploesti oil fields in Aug 1943, Rome while stationed in Africa. Transfered back to GB. 30th mission 23 Mar 1945. Spoke very seldomly of WWII experiences; many memories of lost comrades, etc. too painful. On one mission his plane was so badly shot up that they had no hydraulics; the pilot asked the crew to 'pray' as they came to the English Channel. The crew had no idea if the plane had sufficient fuel to make it home. When they made it back to base very late, their ground crew had already left the field, assuming the plane had been shot down.

DFC (Ploesti); ETO 4BS; AM 4Oak Leaf Cluster; UC 1Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 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
  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...


  • 42-40706 'Tondelao'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40706 'Tondelao' 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Cecil J Whitener, returning safely to Libya. ...


  • 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 Lilly, Pennsylvania 24 July 1921
Died 2 March 1990


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2019 11:54:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / wife, WWII documents of J. N. Miller