FRE 3447


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Colonel Leon W. Johnson of the 44th Bomb Group points to the Ploesti mission marking on the nose of his B-24 Liberator to Generals Devers (centre) and Eaker (right). Passed for publication 23 Nov 1943. On reverse: Sport & General [Stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: '30953. Col. Johnson shows Gen Devers and Gen Eaker the decorations on a Liberator which went to Ploesti. The bomb lying on its side represents Ploesti, where they flew so low that the bombs were placed not dropped on the target. S.&G.'


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Headquarters Squadron (VIII Bomber Command) Headquarters (Eighth Air Force) United States Army Forces in the British Isles
  • Service Numbers: O-7478
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General, 8th Air Force
Colonel Leon W. Johnson of the 44th Bomb Group after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. Handwritten caption on reverse: '138/RF, WD 140. B/G Leon Johnson with Medal of Honor 22 Nov 1943.' On reverse: Sport & General [Stamp].
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 14th Combat Bomb Wing 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (14th Combat Bomb Wing)
  • Service Numbers: O-16429
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Commanding Officer 44th


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Victory Ship
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron


  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...


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