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Colonel Leon W. Johnson of the 44th Bomb Group points to the Ploesti mission marking on the nose of his B-24 Liberator to Generals Devers (centre) and Eaker (right). Passed for publication 23 Nov 1943. On reverse: Sport & General [Stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: '30953. Col. Johnson shows Gen Devers and Gen Eaker the decorations on a Liberator which went to Ploesti. The bomb lying on its side represents Ploesti, where they flew so low that the bombs were placed not dropped on the target. S.&G.'



  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...


  • Ira Eaker

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947. ...

  • Leon Johnson

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer
    Superior leadership during the Ploesti raid 1 August 1943 in B-24 #41-23817 'Suzy Q. ' ...


  • 41-23813 'Victory Ship'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'Victory Ship', SN # 41-23813, was assigned to the 8th Air force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...


  • 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
28 September 2014 12:28:58 Tom Changes to caption and person associations

Associated person from the Roger Freeman Collection image caption

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:11 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection