B-24D Liberator “The Sandman” of the 345th Bomb Squadron over the burning Astra Romania oil refinery in Ploesti, Romania during Operation Tidal Wave, Aug 1 1943.

Caption   B-24D Liberator “The Sandman” of the 345th Bomb Squadron over the burning Astra Romania oil refinery in Ploesti, Romania during Operation Tidal Wave, Aug 1 1943. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 1 Aug 1943
Photos at Same Place Ploesti, Romania
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 14 Jan 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Apr 2015 07:30:56 AM


One of WWIIs most famous photographs show one of the 179 B-24's flying over the oil refinery at Ploiesti, on 1 August 1943. B-24D 42-40402 flown by 1st.Lt. Robert Sternfels "Sandman" looks like he's about a 1,000 feet over the target of the 179 aircraft that took part in the raid, 53 were lost.

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