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Annotated reconnaissance photo of Concordia Vega Oil Refinery, Ploesti, Romania taken 3 August 1943 to assess the impact of the bombing during Operation Tidal Wave.

Point 14 is likely the crash site of B-24D, 42-40994, nicknamed, Hell's Wench, which exploded on 1 August 1943.

Graphic Interpretation report:
1: 4 large and 2 small tanks in the crude oil storage area North of the refinery totally destroyed.
2: Retaining wall of storage sump broken by one of two craters
3: 5 of a group of 12 sunken process tanks destroyed
4: 4 of a group of 12 sunken process tanks destroyed and 2 probably damaged
5: 1 of a group of 8 sunken process tanks destroyed and 3, possibly 4 damaged
6: Ground blackened as if by fire in 2 places. It cannot be said if anything is destroyed in these areas
7: 3 bay shed in asphalt plant damaged by fire
8: Shed in asphalt plant damaged in 2 places by fire; roof of adjoining shed to east blackened
9: Corner of office building destroyed by fire
10: Part of Eastern distillation unit damaged
11: Finished products tank on South side of works destroyed
12: One crater on each side of road causing no damage to highway
13: 2 craters in fields respectively 300 and 700 yards SW of works
14: Large blast mark in field may have been caused by an aircraft crashing and exploding.



  • 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...



Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 02:54:11 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Punctuation, aircraft name. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2019 16:30:38 Emily Created entry with collection, caption and mission associations

US Official document (NARA AIR 23/712 4) from Roger Freeman's personal archive, held by IWM