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Postcard sent from Willard R. Beaumont on August 12, 1943 telling his mother he had been shot down August 1 in the Ploesti raid.



  • Willard Beaumont

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/Observer
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Pudgy' 42-40613


  • 42-40613 'Pudgy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost 1 Aug 43, Ploesti, Romania. Forced landing due to fire near Ogrezeni, damaged by enemy fighters. - 6 KIA, 5 POW - MACR 333


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 13:07:32 lbeaumont Created entry with collection, caption, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

I scanned this image from the original postcard. I am his son.