B-24D - 'The Sandman' piloted by Lt. Robert Sternfels of the 98th Bomb Group, 344th Squadron - Flying through the fires and explosions of White IV behind Col. John Kane and John Young in 'Hail Columbia' - at Ploesti, Rumania, August 1, 1943
Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
Crew of "The Sandman" on the Ploesti raid:
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...