Ploesti Raiders

December 7, 2012

This picture, dated May 18th, 1944, shows a gathering of crew members who bombed Ploesti, Romania. They are grouped together in this photograph to watch Generals Car Spaatz and Jimmy Doolittle present several crew members with medals. The bombers in this picture are B-24 Liberators. Ploesti was the location of oil refineries which were extremely valuable to the German war machine. Because of their importance, the target was heavily defended, and the attacking bombers suffered heavy casualties.

One Response to Ploesti Raiders

  1. Clay Dykes on March 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    My great-great uncle was shot down in this raid over Ploesti . He was in the 93rd . I am just now contacting you to see if there is a chance that our govt has any remains of him since he was listed as missing in action . He was shot down over the Ionian Sea on the return flight !
    My question is did anyone try to find his B-24 ?

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