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Ploesti (Tidal Wave) mission examined (see link)


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These were some seriously brave crews, and the B-24 was THE ship to do the job.   But the political bungling seems to have been astronomical, and the CYA employed post raid by those in charge seems mind boggling to me. 
A treetop raid using B-24s?  That’s by far the worst thing to do with that airplane. It’s a high altitude strategic bomber, not a treetop raider. 
Plus, not having the RAF do their standard high altitude pre raid recce flights with their Mossies is absolutely unforgivable. 

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On 8/14/2022 at 4:15 PM, Clunkmeister said:

These were some seriously brave crews, and the B-24 was THE ship to do the job.   But the political bungling seems to have been astronomical, and the CYA employed post raid by those in charge seems mind boggling to me. 
A treetop raid using B-24s?  That’s by far the worst thing to do with that airplane. It’s a high altitude strategic bomber, not a treetop raider. 
Plus, not having the RAF do their standard high altitude pre raid recce flights with their Mossies is absolutely unforgivable. 

20/20 hindsight Ernie. Kane, Compton and Ent screwed things up.

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