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Monday, 1 October 2012

Romanian nationalists - "no assault brought us down! "

"Operation 'tidal wave' - august 1943: no assault brought us down! Ploiesti never surrenders"
 The local team Petrolul Ploiesti played against a communist one from capital city Bucharest, named Steaua,who's mean "Star" established by the communists after WW2 .


Operation Tidal Wave was an air attack by bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) based in Libya on nine oil refineries around Ploiești, Romania on 1 August 1943, during World War II. It was a strategic bombing mission and part of the "oil campaign" to deny petroleum-based fuel to the Axis.The mission resulted in "no curtailment of overall product output", and so was unsuccessful.
This mission was one of the costliest for the USAAF in the European Theater, with 53 aircraft and 660 aircrewmen lost. It was the worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission, and its date was later referred to as "Black Sunday". Five Medals of Honor and numerous Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded to Operation Tidal Wave crew members.

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