Daring World War II Raid on Ploesti, The by William Bradle

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Although well-researched with some previously unseen photographs, what is missing, perhaps, is an appendix specifying statistics of losses in men and machines in order to better comprehend the magnitude of effort and sacrifice made by the 178 crews...Otherwise, this is an eminently readable story...
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The daring mission to cripple the Axis machine.

In 1943, the Allied forces were grasping for anything to undercut Hitler’s power and relieve his relentless pressure on the Red Army. The US Army Air Force planned Operation Tidal Wave, which would take off from Benghazi, Libya, fly low and maintain complete radio silence to escape Axis observation, and bomb Hitler’s vital oil fields in Ploesti, Romania. On August 1, 178 B-24 bombers prepared to take off. Fifty-three would never return—the Germans knew they were coming. Operation Tidal Wave was a massive tactical defeat. However, it proved the mettle of the USAAF and provided a rallying point for the public. Author William R. Bradle offers the definitive account of this doomed operation and takes readers into the thick of the action with thrilling accounts from many of the crews.

 

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Published June 1, 2017 by Pelican Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: History, War.
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Reviewed by Thomas McClung on Jul 31 2017

Although well-researched with some previously unseen photographs, what is missing, perhaps, is an appendix specifying statistics of losses in men and machines in order to better comprehend the magnitude of effort and sacrifice made by the 178 crews...Otherwise, this is an eminently readable story...

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