World War II Pictures

Ploesti Raiders

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.

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