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RAF Form 441A Sortie Reports for the 93rd Bomb Group on Operation Tidal Wave (the bombing of Ploesti), 1 August 1943.




  • 41-23729 'Shoot Luke'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF, Benghazi. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort. ...

  • 41-24230 'Hare's To Ya' 'Jo-Jo'S Special Delivery'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - A/C pilot Ralph J Mcbride Jr joined a 98th Grp formation on withdrawal from the target [Ploesti, 1/8/43]. A/C was intercepted by fighters of IV/27 JG West off Cefalonia, Greece and presumed downed over Ionian Sea by Lt. Hans Flor of...

  • 41-24298 'Queenie'

    B-24 Liberator
    TDY to 9th AF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Sicily. Later shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf,...

  • 42-40804 'The Lady Jane' / 'Bertha'

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed near Ploestiori village north of Concordia-Vega refineries 1st Aug 43, 9 KIA, 1 POW . MACR 328.

  • 42-40994 Hell's Wench

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave. ...

  • 41-24192 Dogpatch Raiders

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, with Lt Avendano and crew, diverting to Pachino, Sicily on return ...

  • 41-23722 'Bomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D - Serial 41-23722 'Bomerang' (coded GO-C) of the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. 'Bomerang' was flown by Col. Luther Smith Bird, who survived the large raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex and returned safely...

  • 42-40246 'Thunder Mug'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya. Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43, pilot Lt Frank Kilcheski, two crew KIFA. Salvaged on Oct 10, 1943.

  • 42-40127 'Thar She Blows Again' 'Bucket Of Bolts' 'First Sergeant'

    B-24 Liberator
    Pilot Charles T Merrill's 2nd ship hence the 'Again'. TDY 9th AF. ...


  • 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...


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