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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
    The B-24D, 41-23729, named, Shoot Luke, was assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, temporarily deployed (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, Benghazi, Libya. Lt. George G. Black flew Shoot Luke on the Ploesti oil...

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

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator, 41-24230, JoJo's Special Delivery, and crew. Lost on Operation Tidal Wave, shot down over Ionian Sea by enemy fighters. 11 KIA. MACR 329 - 6466. ...

  • 41-24298 - Queenie

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24298, named, Queenie, was temporarily detached (TDY) from the 8th Air Force from the U.K. to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, to assist in Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti,...

  • 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
    The B-24D, 42-40994, Hell's Wench, was shot down and crashed, over Ploesti, Romania, on Operation Tidal Wave. All crewmen were Killed In Action - 10 KIA. Aug 1, 1943 ...

  • 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
    - NOTE : The B-24D, 42-23722, named, Bomerang, should not be confused with the B-24D, 42-40115, named, Boomerang, which was also based in Britain. Boomerang was shot down and lost on the Ploesti mission. FTR. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 42-40246 - Thunder Mug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40246, named, Thunder Mug, was flown by pilots, Lt. Russell Longnecker and Lt. Donald K. "Deacon" Jones, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 42-40127 - Bucket Of Bolts - First Sergeant

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40127, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti by Lt. Charles T. Merrill and his crew, with the 329th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, TDY to the 9th Air Force, to Ploesti, supposedly, returning to Benghazi, Libya, safe...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...


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