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The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, Old Blister Butt, 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. Pilot Robert L Wright and crew. Flew on Ploesti oil refinery mission, returning safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. Probably taken in the days after the Ploesti mission. Note, the last bomb in the mission tally is laid on its side. This is the Ploesti mission marker, as they flew so low, they laid it on the target rather than dropped it !!



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

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  • Robert Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40776. ...


  • 41-11817 Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown by Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, out of Benghazi, Libya, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission. They returned safely to Libya with only one crew...

  • 42-40776 Old Blister Butt - Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, H, Old Blister Butt, was originally deployed to Hethel, U.K. as part of the 8th AF, the 389th BG, and the 564th BS. It was redeployed (TDY) with the 8th Air Force, to Benghazi, Libya, and flew on the bombing mission to...


  • 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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