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Hilary M Blevins


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40316.



  • Ernest Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Waist gunner of B-24 42-40316 'Snake Eyes' flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, KIA. Awarded DSC and PH posthumously. ...

Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...


  • 42-40316 'Snake Eyes'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40316 'Snake Eyes' 345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, crash landing on Sicily, 1 KIA / 2 WIA.


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...


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Ploesti Sortie Reports for the 98th Bomb Group.