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Lee E Zaruba


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23811 'Fascinatin' Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator 41-23811 "Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF a veteran of the August 1, 1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 18 January 1919
Died March 1968


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29 January 2021 17:03:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards and events

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18 April 2020 10:04:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

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22 March 2015 21:45:27 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, highest rank, role, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations

USAAF Photo.

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27 September 2014 18:18:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /