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Personnel of the 44th Bomb Group attend a presentation ceremony for Colonel Leon Johnson, where he is awarded the Medal of Honour by Lieutenant-General Jacob F. Devers. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication 23 NOV 1943 General Section Press & Censorship Bureau' Printed Caption on reverse: 'Ploesti raid hero honoured. By direction of the President of U.S.A. Col Leon W. Johnson Commanding Officer of a heavy bombardment Group has been awarded the Medal of Honour. This is the U.S. equivalent of the V.C. The award is for conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at risk of his life and above the call of duty, during the famous U.S. raid on the Ploesti oilfields in Rumania. Col Johnson was decorated on a U.S. Air Force station, in Britain by Lt. Gen. Jacob. F. Devers. Commanding General, European Theatre of Operations, 30942. General view of the ceremony. Gen Devers facing Col Johnson is reading the citation, before decorating the Col. On left U.S. troops of the station. S. &. G.'



  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...


  • Leon Johnson

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer
    Col. Leon Johnson provided superior leadership during Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23817, named, Suzy Q. 1 August 1943. ...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...


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