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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-24 (serial number 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. 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...



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