Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943, Revised Edition

Ploesti The Great Ground Air Battle of August Revised Edition On August an enormous armada of America B Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania This mission was Operation Tidal Wave Its target

  • Title: Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943, Revised Edition
  • Author: JamesDugan Carroll Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781574885101
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • On August 1, 1943, an enormous armada of America B 24 Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania This mission was Operation Tidal Wave Its target the taproot of German might, Hitler s giant oil refineries at Ploesti Hundreds of U.S airmen had volunteered for the mission despite warnings that half might not return.On August 1, 1943, an enormous armada of America B 24 Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania This mission was Operation Tidal Wave Its target the taproot of German might, Hitler s giant oil refineries at Ploesti Hundreds of U.S airmen had volunteered for the mission despite warnings that half might not return In thirty minutes, firepower was exchanged than in two Gettysburgs, and five men earned the Medal of Honor Ploesti presents a vivid reconstruction of a dramatic and controversial mission.

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    1. One would wish that his hometown's claim to fame would be something else than being dubbed Public Enemy No. 1 during World War II, but when you sit at the center of one of the first and biggest oil fields in Europe, such wishful thinking doesn't stand a chance when confronted with real politiks. The name was being used frequently in the secure rooms in Washington, London, Berlin, Moscow and Cairo. Ploesti's refineries produced one-third of Adolf Hitler's high-octane aviation gasoline, panzer fue [...]

    2. What a great book. The authors had access to many of the participants from both the American and German/Romanian side. Although the prose can get a little flowery at times, once the B-24s approach the target, my heart rate quickened and breathing tightened as one plane after another is shredded by flak or fighters, struggles on, drops it's bombs and then crashes, or limps home, or limps to internment in Turkey. So, an exciting read. Do I have quibbles? Yes1. My copy was an old paperback edition. [...]

    3. There is really no way to describe acurately what this book means to me.It changed my life.This is the story of American Army Air Force bomber crews who attempted to cut six months off WWII with a low-level attack on the oil refineries of Ploesti, Romania.It is about heroism, sacrifice, tragedy and bravery beyond words.I read it for the first time in 1964. I read parts of it every year.I have committed passages to memory, some of which I cannot repeat without crying.I personally have individuall [...]

    4. Even though its been thirty years since I read this, it is a great reference for the first full scale air raid to knock out the petroleum pipeline for Hitler’s war machine. The main impressions were how intricate the planning was to hit the refinery, flying at tree top level to evade radar detection. The planners severely underestimated the defenses surrounding the site. Between fighter and ack-ack, the boys were flying straight into a maelstrom from hell. Add to that a mistake in navigation a [...]

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