2nd wave of B-24 Liberators approach the Ploesti oil refineries, Ploesti Romania, Aug 1 1943. 14 B-24s can be seen in this image.A Soviet soldier walking along a road in Russia, 1 Aug 1943; note field gun in backgroundApproximate bomber route for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level bombing raid on the oil fields around Ploesti, Romania, Aug 1 1943.B-24 Liberator bombers over Ploesti oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave, Romania, 1 Aug 1943.
2nd wave of B-24 Liberators approach the Ploesti oil refineries, Ploesti Romania, Aug 1 1943. 14 B-24s can be seen in this image.A Soviet soldier walking along a road in Russia, 1 Aug 1943; note field gun in backgroundApproximate bomber route for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level bombing raid on the oil fields around Ploesti, Romania, Aug 1 1943.B-24 Liberator bombers over Ploesti oil fields during Operation Tidal Wave, Romania, 1 Aug 1943.
B-24 Liberator during low level attack of the Ploesti oil refineries, Ploesti Romania, Aug 1 1943.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.Col Leon W Johnson points to scoreboard of B-24 Liberator “Victory Ship” as LGen Jacob L Devers and LGen Ira C Eaker look on, RAF Shipdham, Norfolk, England, UK, Nov 22 1943. The horizontal bomb represents the low level attack on Ploesti, Aug 1 1943Map depicting front lines in Eastern Europe and the Battle of Kursk, 4 Jul-1 Aug 1943
B-24 Liberator during low level attack of the Ploesti oil refineries, Ploesti Romania, Aug 1 1943.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.Col Leon W Johnson points to scoreboard of B-24 Liberator “Victory Ship” as LGen Jacob L Devers and LGen Ira C Eaker look on, RAF Shipdham, Norfolk, England, UK, Nov 22 1943. The horizontal bomb represents the low level attack on Ploesti, Aug 1 1943Map depicting front lines in Eastern Europe and the Battle of Kursk, 4 Jul-1 Aug 1943
Map depicting the Battle of Kursk, 4 Jul-1 Aug 1943Ploiesti oil tanks and refineries aflame after American raid, 1 Aug 1943Smoke rises from the Astra Romana refinery in Ploesti Romania following low level bombing attack by B-24 Liberators, Aug 1 1943.Soviet sailor measuring the range of depth charges, 1 Aug 1943
Map depicting the Battle of Kursk, 4 Jul-1 Aug 1943Ploiesti oil tanks and refineries aflame after American raid, 1 Aug 1943Smoke rises from the Astra Romana refinery in Ploesti Romania following low level bombing attack by B-24 Liberators, Aug 1 1943.Soviet sailor measuring the range of depth charges, 1 Aug 1943


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