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A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-40402) nicknamed "The Sandman" of the 98th Bomb Group banks low over a factory during the Ploesti raid 1 August 1943.

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Units

  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

    Wing
    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

Aircraft

  • 42-40402 THE SANDMAN

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, THE SANDMAN, was flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, on Operation Tidal Wave, the famous mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. SANDMAN...

Missions

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 08:00:25 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed aircraft and mission associations not depicted in the image.

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 05:49:44 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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FindAGrave ---- Into the Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 05:46:42 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Into the fire - Duane Schultz ---- FindAGrave ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2020 10:04:01 Kickapoo Changes to collection and caption
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Together We Served.com ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 10:33:10 Emily Changes to aircraft associations
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Associated aircraft

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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