Into the Fire: Ploesti, The Most Fateful Mission of World War II

Into the Fire Ploesti The Most Fateful Mission of World War II A detailed and vivid account of the World War II disaster Booklist Into the Fire shimmers with historical parallels and modern resonances Schultz combed an impressive body of material for this account

  • Title: Into the Fire: Ploesti, The Most Fateful Mission of World War II
  • Author: Duane P. Schultz
  • ISBN: 9781594160516
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A detailed and vivid account of the World War II disaster Booklist Into the Fire shimmers with historical parallels and modern resonances Schultz combed an impressive body of material for this account Washington Times This bittersweet tale of arrogance, wishful thinking, sacrifice, and heroism is recounted with grace and empathy Military Schultz combinesA detailed and vivid account of the World War II disaster Booklist Into the Fire shimmers with historical parallels and modern resonances Schultz combed an impressive body of material for this account Washington Times This bittersweet tale of arrogance, wishful thinking, sacrifice, and heroism is recounted with grace and empathy Military Schultz combines a historian s meticulous research and a novelist s hypnotic prose to produce this memorable popular history Shultz s intimate account of this controversial episode is a timely reminder of the horrors of war and a moving tribute to Ploestl s heroes Publishers Weekly We knew it was a disaster and knew that in the flames shooting up from those refineries we might be burned to death But we went right in Lt Norman Whalen We were dragged through the mouth of hell from a Ploesti Mission debriefing reportPlanned by Winston Churchill, authorized by Dwight D Eisenhower, and executed by five specially trained American bomber units, the attack on the oil refineries of Ploesti, Romania, was among the most daring and dangerous missions of World War II If the raid succeeded, the Nazi war machine would suffer a devastating blow On August 1, 1943, nearly two hundred B 24 bombers flew from Benghazi, North Africa, with directions to descend on Ploesti at treetop level, bomb the refineries, and return The low level bombers could evade enemy radar and were thought to be difficult to shoot down But despite warnings that a German heavy flak train had been moved into the area and that the secrecy of their mission had been compromised, the bombers were sent out Minutes from the target, one of the commanders made a wrong turn, leading the formations away from Ploesti Recovering from this mistake, most of the bombers relocated the refineries, but the mission was doomed The ensuing air ground battle claimed dozens of the bombers, and many of those that survived the ordeal were forced to ditch in the ocean or in remote areas due to lack of fuel or structural damage.In Into the Fire Ploesti, The Most Fateful Mission of World War II, Duane Schultz re creates this great battle, combining original research and interviews with survivors in order to capture the tension, drama, and heroics of the warring sides More Medals of Honor were awarded for this mission than any other aerial combat enterprise in the history of the United States But the medals are bittersweet testimony to the courage of the 1,726 young men who risked all on a fateful attempt to cut off the Nazi supply of black gold.

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    • Crisp and Concise Summary of a Suicide Mission , July 15, 2011It often appears that every Allied operation intending to deliver Germany a decisive blow or "end the war early" only resulted in disaster and an early grave for many Allied soldiers. While the raids on Schweinfurt, Operation Market Garden and Operation Shingle come to mind, the 1943 raid on the Ploiesti oil refineries was no exception. With his book, INTO THE FIRE, Duane Schultz has nicely encapsulated the dramatic events surrounding [...]


    • A love of mine is aerial warfare, particularly the bomber raids of WWII. The epic struggle, the heroics, the drama; such a great thing to read about. Something that’s been lacking in my reading of the bomber raids was on Ploesti. To further my knowledge on Ploesti I decided to pick up Mr. Schultz’s Into The Fire.Into The Fire describes the 1943 raid on Ploesti (the low level attack, not the later raids). Mr. Schultz opens his story by describing conditions prior to the war, an earlier raid o [...]


    • Excellent look at one of the most dangerous missions of WWII, Where B-24 bombers flew at treetop level to wipe out Hitler's main supply of oil. Most interesting aspect of the book for me was that most of the commanders who flew the mission thought it was a suicide mission but their superiors ordered them to fly the mission as planned (at tree top level or they (the superior officers would get people who would.


    • Wrong aircraft and wrong plan, but still in depth coverage of a horrific air raid over Romania, the crews, the planes that barely made it home, those who didn't. Most effective was the unknown to me story of the POW airmen who were cared over by local royalty and in time rescued by allied forces.Worth reading.


    • everyone who reads and is a student of WW2 has heard of this raid, but may not know of all the background. A very readable and enjoyable book dealing with this small but important part of history. Recommended!!!


    • Excellent book on the disastrous raid by the 9th Air Force on the oil field of Ploesti during the Second World War. A great companion to Masters Of The Air by Donald Miller, the story of the 8th Air Force and their missions over Europe.


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