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At an air base near Bengasi, Cirenaica, Libya. T/Sgt Leonard S Pate, Liberator engineer of Chino, California, crawls out of the bomb bay doors of a B-24 of the 376th Bomb Group after return from the devastating low-level bombing attack on the Ploesti, Roumania oil fields and refineries. On arriving at the target, this plane's bomb bay doors jammed but the bombs (delayed action) were released and cracked open the doors, finally dropping in the oil refinery area. The raid, from first reports, wrecked the source of over 35% of Germany's war machine fuel.

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

People

  • Leonard Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Flight Engineer on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya.

Aircraft

Missions

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 11:31:05 Emily Changes to caption
Sources

Added official photo caption from US Air Force photo 67037 AC at Fold 3

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2015 11:49:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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USAAF Photo.

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