B-24 Liberator bombers over Ploesti oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave, Romania, 1 Aug 1943.

Caption   B-24 Liberator bombers over Ploesti oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave, Romania, 1 Aug 1943. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 1 Aug 1943
Photos at Same Place Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 18 Apr 2010

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1. Lynn Teger says:
1 Aug 2011 04:12:39 AM

My father was awarded the purple heart for flying this mission as a gun ball turret runner. I would be happy to send you his picture receiving the purple heart.
2. Rh Sheehy says:
6 Oct 2012 08:59:44 AM

An uncle i never met died during this raid. Does anyone know if there are pics available of Pilots and there planes? His name was Victor E. Olliffe. Plane name was " Let er Rip".
3. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
15 Jan 2013 04:51:14 AM

During July 1943 practice flights for the low level Ploesti raid were conducted against a mock-up target in the Libyan desert, followed by a full-scale dress rehearsal involving 175 Liberators. This well-known photograph was likely to have been taken during the rehearsal.
4. Simon Fielding says:
9 Feb 2014 01:36:19 PM

Dear RH Sheehy

I'm doing some research into your great uncle who died in WW1 - would you like to contact me?
5. Tom Pell says:
26 Jun 2018 05:11:59 PM

RH Sheehan, My mother's first husband, Ed Haller died along with your Uncle aboard B-24, "Let Er Rip", 8/1/43. I visited their group grave site last month in St. Louis, MO. Also searching for more info, pics.

6. Dean Roork says:
28 Jan 2019 05:05:42 PM

Dad was at Shipham, 44th bomb group, 67th Sqd. Flew on practice. Flew to Benia-Main, Libya, possibly was on Ploestii raid.At least that what it says on Discharge record. Suspect picture could easily be a the edge of Ploesti. Aircraft entering or leaving. Dad described flying over the practice Ploesti target in desert. Wouldn't say much more - PTSD.
7. bb fisk says:
23 Mar 2021 01:14:15 PM

My Father, 2Lt. Robert B. Fisk, was in the 66th Sq. at Shipdham starting Sept. 1944, a year after Tidal Wave. He was on Howard Hinshaw's crew.
When I asked Dad about Tidal Wave, he quickly and FIRMLY shut me down, which was NOT like him.
I believe that something bothered him about not being there.
He completed 30 missions with Lt. Hinshaw, being shot down twice (almost-under-control crash landings on the continent).

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