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Department Of The Army

Raid On Ploesti

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Artist: Stanley Dersh The U.S. Army in Action. Department of the Army Poster NO. 21-34
Raid on Ploesti, 31 May 1944. Throughout the war in Europe, American and allied air power struck heavy and repeated blows at strategic Nazi industries, curtailing production and forcing the Nazi Government into a costly program of industrial maintenance, reconstruction, and rebuilding under ground. Steel production, ball bearing manufacture, synthetic rubber plants, armament works, oil production plants, and other industries, received heavy punishment at the hands of the strategic bombers. The refineries at Ploesti were an important source of petroleum products for the Nazi war machine. Beginning in June 1942, a series of destructive raids kept production at a reduced rate. In all, AAF bombers made 25 attacks on Ploesti between June 1942 and August 1944; the RAF made three. The raid here depicted shows B-24's of the 15th Air Force attacking the area on 31 May 1944. On this raid 481 planes dropped more than 1,000 tons of bombs from an altitude of 19,000 to 24,200 feet. Sixteen bombers failed to return.
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