On 1 August 1943, an armada of American B-24 Liberator bombers (the most that could be mustered from England and North Africa), roared at tree-top level across pastoral Balkan farms and villages. Their target: the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Churchill had described Ploesti as the “taproot of German might.” Hundreds of youthful American airmen volunteered for the mission despite warnings that half might not return. In fewer than 30 minutes, more firepower was exchanged than in two Gettysburgs. Five Americans won the Medal of Honor.

Read the exciting story and close-ups of the adversaries, who exhibited raw courage and heroism while slugging it out midst smoke, fire, explosions, point-blank exchanges, ambushes and aerial dog fights.

"First-rate battle log. . .the authors generate an almost excruciating dramatic tension even before the onset of the fiery 27-minute battle."--Newsweek

"A taut and gripping tale of a disastrous yet heroic snafu pieced together from letters, diaries, interviews, and correstpondence with U.S., German, and Romanian survivors."--Time

"Ploesti is a big, carefully documented, tremendously exciting book about the wildest U.S. air raid of World War II. It is easily the best ever of the 'single air battle' books and in many ways superior to such major campaign records as The Longest Day."--Life.



By Carroll W. Stewart, May 1945

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