Ploesti Low-Level Mission


Ploesti Low-Level Mission


The most famous of all 343 missions flown by the 44th Bomb Group on August 1, 1943. Called Operation Tidal Wave - the goal was to hit oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania and significantly decrease German oil outputs. With bombing done at a low-level to evade radar, the mission was daring & the losses staggering. The 44th BG earned a Distinguished Unit Citation, and Colonel Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor.


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