668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Capt. Richard Victor ("Dick") Miracle

Pilot,  O-026150

Killed In Action - Dec 25, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 10-Apr-1919, Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio

Entered Military Service: Date: 1-Jul-1939 At: USMA From: Morrow County, Ohio

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Marysville relatives have received word that Capt. Richard V. Miracle, 25, pilot of an A26 Invader bomber, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Miracle of Mt. Gilead, has been reported missing in action over Germany since December 25th.

Captain Miracle's mother was Miss Harriett Snider, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snider, of Marysville, and a cousin of Miss Elmo Snider and French Snider.

Captain Miracle, a graduate of West Point Military Academy in 1943, when he was assigned to the Air Corps, had participated in more than 57 missions.

In a letter to his parents, written December 24th, he said that he had been appointed to the Defence Council of Court-Martial Board and would start the following Monday on his new assignment. He had been overseas since January, 1944, and held the Air Medal, and two Oak Leaf clusters.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

Captain Miracle was flying as flight leader on Christmas morning, 1944. The target was a communications center at Munstereifel, Germany. Flak over the target was heavy and Captain Miracle's aircraft suffered a direct hit and went down without survivors. This was his 65th and would have been his last mission. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of June 1943.

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

The flight leader's plane was hit by moderate to intense, heavy accurate flak that followed the formation from the bombline to the target. The plane, an A-20 Havoc, exploded in mid-air. One chute was seen to emerge and open. The crew consisted of Captain R.V. Miracle, Lt J.J. Burg, Staff Sergeants A.F. Galloway and J.R. Simmonds. ... Both crews are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 12016 and Mission # 176

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
USMA Portrait
A casual moment for Cadet Dick Miracle in his senior year at West Point (1943)
Capt. Richard Miracle on leave in Edinburgh, Scotland - 1944
US Army Register 1944
US Army Register 1945
The Marysville Tribune (Marysville, Ohio) 18 Jan 1945, Thu Page 2
The Marysville Tribune (Marysville, Ohio) 30 Jun 1945, Sat Page 3
The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) 27 Oct 1947, Mon Page 1
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band