Training and motivational film for U.S. Army Air Force crews preparing for the bombing of the Ploesti or Ploiesti oil fields in Romania, (Operation Tidal Wave) of August 1943. Aerial view of bomber planes and of oil refineries. Workers in oil refinery at Ploesti. Russian troops leading German prisoners in Stalingrad. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and other Nazi officers examine a chart in Africa. Axis prisoners being taken at El Alamein. German planes in flight. Nazi officials aboard a railroad car. Nazi officer meets other officers on field. U.S. planes of Doolittle Raid loaded with bombs and taking off for Tokyo air raids from USS Hornet in April 1942. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the Congress declaring, "We believe that the Nazis and the Fascists have asked for it. And they're going to get it." Smoke billows up from burning oil fields.
Aerial views of Operation Tidal Wave, an air attack by B-24 heavy bombers of the United States Army Air Forces on oil refineries around Ploiesti or Ploesti, Romania. during World War II. The 98th and 376th Bomb Groups of 9th Air force and 44th, 93rd, and 389th Bomb Groups of 8th Air Force took part.. Fifty-three aircraft and 660 aircrew were lost in this raid. Views of bombers dropping bombs over the oil refineries,factories,railroad yards and oil fields. Aerial views of destroyed Ploesti oil fields and of the planes climbing out and leaving the area.
Scenes of the August 2nd, 1943 Operation Tidal Wave low-level bombing raid on Ploiesti or Ploesti oil facilities, in Romania, by U.S. Air Force B-24s. B-17s dropping bombs. B-17s escorted by P-47 fighters. War plants in the U.S. building B-29 bombers. U.S. B-17s over Europe, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters. Allied air superiority established over Europe.
United States General Lewis Brereton with bombers of U.S. Ninth Air Force. Soldiers plan and prepare for the destruction of the Ploiesti oil refineries (or Ploesti) in Romania. A map shows the plan of 'Operation Tidal Wave'. The aircraft based in Libya attack Axis Oil Fields in Romania. U.S. Army Air Force aircraft are seen in flight. The refineries and the storage tanks are destroyed by U.S. bombing.
U.S. bombers destroy German oil plants during World War II. Allied officers including U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower confer prior to the Normandy Invasion. B-24 Liberator bombers raid Romania's Ploesti oil fields. The B-24s in Operation Tidal Wave drop bombs on the oil fields. Explosions throwing billows of smoke up in air. A map of Germany shows synthetic oil plant positions through Central Germany. Bombers drop bombs over oil plants. Workers clear the rubble from bombed plants. Ruins of German oil plants.
U.S. Army Air Forces Generals Ira Clarence Eaker and Nathan Farragut Twining visit Ploiesti or Ploesti oil fields in Romania during World War II. U.S. Army Air Forces Generals Ira Clarence Eaker and Nathan Farragut Twining get off from an aircraft at an airfield. The Generals greeted by Romanian Army Air Force officers. General Eaker and General Twining, escorted by the Romanian officers, visit the Ploiesti oil storage tanks after being bombed by the U.S. Army Air Forces. The wreckage at the oil fields. The bombed tanks. The Generals talk. A view of the bombed Ploesti oil fields.