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249th_Harrier
04-13-2006, 11:36 AM
This is the best link I have found so far for the famous Lightning raid on Ploesti. It sounds like it was almost a complete failure with the loss of 20 pilots for almost no gain.
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3897/is_200312/ai_n9310834

Does anyone have any more details regarding how much, if any, damage was done to the refinery? Did these pilots return to Ploesti for payback, or did the Ploesti B-24 escorts shift entirely to the p-51 groups?

249th_Harrier
04-13-2006, 11:36 AM
This is the best link I have found so far for the famous Lightning raid on Ploesti. It sounds like it was almost a complete failure with the loss of 20 pilots for almost no gain.
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3897/is_200312/ai_n9310834

Does anyone have any more details regarding how much, if any, damage was done to the refinery? Did these pilots return to Ploesti for payback, or did the Ploesti B-24 escorts shift entirely to the p-51 groups?

Irish_Rogues
04-13-2006, 11:54 AM
Wow, that mission was FUBAR. Imagine flying into radar giving yourself away then diving to the deck and giving the height advantage to the enemy also. It should've been way worse. All things considered the Lightnings didn't do bad against the enemy.

Texan...
04-13-2006, 12:59 PM
"You are stuck on stupid. I€m not going to answer that question."

Copperhead310th
04-13-2006, 01:13 PM
"I split-essed for the deck and executed that classic maneuver known as getting the hell out of there."

lol that's a good one. lol
going in the sig.

Copperhead310th
04-13-2006, 01:16 PM
what?!!!! ya can't say ****?????
it's the guys friggin name for crying out loud.
Richard "DIK" Willsie. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

PBNA-Boosher
04-13-2006, 01:26 PM
Definitely sounds like a fiasco. Hey, welcome to the Army. These were tough times, they were fighting with all they were given, which usually wasn't much.

What a terrible waste of life.

249th_Harrier
04-13-2006, 03:10 PM
I don't know why they tried this low level tactic when it already failed during Operation Tidalwave. There was just too much flight time over enemy territory before the target for this to work. I think the 1st FG had some successes against LW airfields using this kind of attack, like at Foggia, but the approach was over water until they were right on top of the target.

danjama
04-13-2006, 03:15 PM
"Helluva a way to die"