World: The Ninth Strikes Oil

This was the big target. Nearly a third of the petroleum for the Axis war machine was drawn from Ploesti. To attack it properly the Ninth U.S. Air Force, in the Middle East, built up a powerful group of Liberator bombers, its pilots and bombardiers specially trained for low-level bombing. One day this week more than 175 of the bombers took off on the long (2,400 mi.) mission. Droning over Greece and Bulgaria, they crossed the Danube just before 3 in the afternoon and dropped low above the villages and farms of...

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