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Hitler's Gas Station by zulumike Hitler's Gas Station by zulumike

SUNDAY, 1 AUGUST 1943
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Ninth Air Force):
In Romania, 177 B-24's, of the IX Bomber Command (including B-24's on loan from the Eighth Air Force) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploiesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) was costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen are lost, but damage to the targets is severe. 5 Medal of Honors are awarded for this mission. This target supplied one- third of Hitler’s oil during WW 2. It was better know as “Hitler’s Gas Station”. The complex was made up of ten large refineries and was the third most highly defended target in Europe.


References from B/W photos of the USAAF Library. I started this artwork back in 2013 and completed after much more research.  

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WilhuffTarkinGCW Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
god damn allies
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
I have read a reason for the heavy losses was because two of the bomber groups changed course prematurely, which had the effect of giving the defenders time to get ready for the attack.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist
I had no idea it was that bad for the 8th Air Force.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was the second-worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission. Both the 8th and 9th Air Forces were assigned to this mission. This mission was later referred to as "Black Sunday".
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Vivaracho Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2017
Well, it got worse for the 8th Air Force some weeks later, for this was really (to my knowledge) the third-worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission (on a 'number of bombers lost' basis), after the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission (a.k.a. Mission No. 84) on August 17, 1943, and the second Schweinfurt raid (later known as "Black Thursday") on October 14, 1943 (so badly it went this time, the USAAF suspended operations in that area for 4 months).

Also, the worst loss ever (on both 'number of bombers lost' AND 'number of air crewmen lives lost' basis) for a SINGLE USAAF BOMBER GROUP during WWII ocurred on September 27, 1944 (during the infamous Kassel mission...

www.historyandheadlines.com/la…
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding work!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome!
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Alucard234564 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Kickass!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :salute:
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's a fine looking air raid picture. Happy that the Nazi military machine was destroyed in both fronts. :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Very good sense of danger and intensity, very grim and ominous--if there was ever an argument for SRBMs, Ploesti was it.  Such brave, doomed men.  The Liberator was up to it, but a horrible cost.
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