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 Richard Arthur Niles

Richard Arthur Niles

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 12 Oct 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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USNR WORLD WAR II
Machinist's Mate 3rd Class, Richard A. Niles MIA/KIA
Hometown: Berlin, New Hampshire
Ship: USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service # 7064818
Awards: American Campaign Medal
Captain: Lt. Comander Earle Caffrey Schneider

Mission: Transfer Mission
Mission Date: on or about 14-Oct-42
Location: Caribbean sea Off The coast of Panama
Cause: Unclear Sunk, possibly by German mine or U.S. aircraft
Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted

Keel was laid down on 27 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 23 May 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. Ezra G. Allen), and commissioned on 28 August 1943. Dorado's sea trials proved the readiness of the crew, and she sailed from New London, Connecticut, on 6 October 1943 for the Panama Canal Zone. She did not arrive.

The standard practice of imposing bombing restrictions within an area 50 nmi (93 km) ahead, 100 nmi (190 km) astern, and 15 nmi (28 km) on each side of the scheduled position of an unescorted submarine making passage in friendly waters had been carried out and all concerned had been notified. However, the crew of a PBM Mariner of Patrol Squadron 210 out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, assigned to provide air coverage on the evening of 12 October had received an incorrect description of the restriction area, and is believed to have mistakenly attacked the USS Dorado with depth charges. The PBM crew insisted that their attacks were made on enemy U Boats. On 8 October, five miles off Colón Panama, U-214 laid a minefield of 15 mines. One of these may have sunk the US Navy submarine Dorado on or about 14 October.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 27 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 109621920
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Arthur Niles (27 Mar 1923–12 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109621920, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .