Rusty the SpanielMilitary
Pilot Officer Rusty was the Mascot of the 44th Bomb Group. He was flown to England with his owner, Robert C Peterson and even took part in several bombing missions. He is said to have taken part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania.
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- 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...