June 2005

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

References to Ploesti, Rumania From USAAF WWII Chronology.
Available online at: http://www.milhist.net/usaaf/ploesti.html
From the book: USAAF in WWII.

Tidal Wave, the August 1943 Raid on Ploesti. Washington, Air Force History Support Office.
Available online at: http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/PopTopics/ploesti.htm

World War II Airpower: Ploesti Oil Raid Operation Tidal Wave. Historychannel.com.
Available online at: http://www.ww2guide.com/oil.shtml

WWII Combat Europe Ploesti, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Wright Patterson AFB, OH, USAF Museum.
Available online at: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/history/wwii/ce9.htm
Information from Army Air Force Reference History, the Ploesti Mission of 1 August 1943 (AAFRH-3) prepared June 1944.


Dugan, James and Stewart, Carroll. Ploesti; The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943. Revised edition. Washington, Brassey's, 2002. 336 p.
A review of the book can be found on the site below.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?an=10175900&db=aph
Book call no.: 940.542 D866p

Hill, Michael D. Black Sunday: Ploesti.  Atglen, PA, Schiffer Military/Aviation History, 1993. 249 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 H647b

Jablonski, Edward. Airwar. 3rd edition. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1979. 4 v. in 1.
See pages 155-172, vol. 2: Tragic Victories.
Book call no.
940.544 J11aa

Jackson, Robert. Bomber! Famous Bomber Missions of World War II. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1980. 157 p.
See pages 125-136: Ploesti The Raid that Failed.
Book call no.
940.544 J13b

Mackay, Ron and Adams, Steve. The 44th Bomb Group in World War II The "Flying Eight-Balls" Over Europe in the B-24. Atglen, PA , Schiffer Pub, 2003. 272 p.
See chapter 3: Low Road to Ploesti.
Book call no.
940.544973 M153f

Newby, Leroy W. Into the Guns of Ploesti. Osceola, WI, Motorbooks International, 1991. 192 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 N535i

Newby, Leroy W. Target Ploesti: View From a Bombsight. Novato, CA, Presidio Press, 1983. 253 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 N535t

Parrish, Thomas, ed. The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1978. 767 p.
See Folder, photocopy of pages 499-500, Ploesti raid.
Book call no.: R 940.53 S594

Roumanian Oil Refineries. 1945. 181 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 R859 (Special Collection Room)

Stout, Jay A. Fortress Ploesti The Campaign to Destroy Hitler's Oil. Havertown, Pa, Casemate, 2003. 263 p.
Fortress Ploesti is not so much a recount of the operational aspect of the campaign as it is a collection of the experiences of people who lived through it.
Book call no.
940.544973 S889f

United States. Air Force. The Air Battle of Ploesti: Written in the Skies Over Roumania by the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force and 205 Group (RAF) Between 5 April and 19 August 1944. 941st Eng Bn, 1945. 108 p.
Book call no.: R 940.544 A2981

Ward, Ray. Those Brave Crews: The Epic Raid to Destroy Hitler's Ploesti Oil Fields. 2nd. Waverly, NY, Weldon Publications, 2003. 144 p.Poetry and personal accounts of crews who flew Ploesti missions.
Book call no.
811.54 W262t

Wolff, Leon. Low Level Mission. New York, Doubleday, 1957. 240 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 W855l

World War II In Europe: An Encyclopedia, edited by David T. Zabeki.  New York, Garland Publishing, 1999. 1920 p.
See Folder, photocopy of pages 1627-1628, Ploesti raid.
Book call no.: R 940.5303 W9277 v.2


Allied Forces. Mediterranean. Ploesti. Mediterranean Allied Strategic Air Force, U.S. Fifteenth, 205 Group R.A.F., Summary of Operations, Results and Tactical Problems Involved in 24 Attacks Between 5 April - 19 August '44. 1944. 13 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 16680

Boatwright, James E. Ploesti: A Framework for Discussion. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1984. 40 p.
Doc. call no.: M U 43122 B6621p

Modrovsky, Robert J. 1 August 1943 -- Today's Target is Ploesti: Departure From Doctrine. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, 1999. 49 p.
Also available online at: http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA395189
Doc. call no.: M-U 43177 M692f

The Ploesti Mission of 1 August 1943. 1944. 191 leaves. (Historical Studies. United States. Army Air Forces.)
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.103


Ardery, Philip P.  A Veteran of the August 1943 Ploesti Raid Reveals Long Hidden Details of the Costly Operation. World War II 16:84-87 July 2001.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?an=4517596&db=aph

Argondezzi, Vincent. Ploesti, Triumph and Tragedy. Sergeants 23:34-35 July 1984.

Bamford, Hal. Priority Target. (Five Medals of Honor Awarded for Heroism in Ploesti Attack August 1, 1943). Airman 3:44-47 October 1959.

Cameron, William. Ploesti! Air Force Magazine 54:57-63 August 1971.

Dorr, Robert F. Lessons In Courage - From Balkans 56 Years Ago. Air Force Times 59:54 August 2, 1999.

Dugan, James and Stewart, Carroll. Ploesti: German Defenses and Allied Intelligence. Airpower Historian 9:1-20 January 1962.

Frisbee, John L. Into the Mouth of Hell (Romania Raid in WWII). Air Force Magazine 71:159-160+ September 1988.

Hayward, Mark. Hell Over Ploesti. Soldiers 48:50-52 August 1993.

Newby, Leroy W. Ploesti, Through Fire and Flak (nine stories from crews who flew in 1944 against the guns at Ploesti). Air Force Magazine 77:78-82 April 1994.

Oil Fields Ablaze: Planes Plaster Ploesti (WWII: Summer '43). Officer 69:101-108 August 1993.

Pall, Vern. Tidal Wave Over Romania. VFW: Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine 80: August 14, 1993.
Also available online at: http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=0&did=000000005178824&SrchMode=5&Fmt=6&retrieveGroup=0&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&x=-&VName=PQD&TS=1072816853&clientId=417

Shubert, Lyndon. Raid on Ploesti. Aviation History 10:38-45 March 2000.
Describes a pilot's account aboard the B-24 bomber called `Vagabond King' in a mission to bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania on August 1, 1943; men aboard the Vagabond King bomber; role of the aircraft in the raid; details of events. 
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?an=2689147&db=aph

Simpson, Albert F. The Attack on Ploesti. Military Review 29:32-38 January 1950.

Sweetman, John. Oil Interdiction: The Relevance of Past Experience in Rumania. Royal Air Forces Quarterly 18:287-291+ Autumn 1978.

Sylva, Dave. The Raid on Ploesti. Aerospace Safety 32:14-17 June 1976.

Whalen, Norman M. Ploesti Group Navigator's Eye View. Aerospace Historian 23:1-6 March 1976.

Wolff, Leon. The Raid (Ploesti Oil Refineries) That Failed. Royal Air Force Flying Review 13:23-25+ August 1958.
Adapted from Low Level Mission by Leon Wolff.


Caulfield, Tom. The Raid On Ploesti!--The Warbird Trilogy. Santa Ana, CA, Stereo High Adventures, distributed by Books on Tape, 2001. 90 minutes.
Audio call no.:  940.544973 C372r 


Combat Crew. Seattle, WA, Unapix Entertainment, 1998. 1 videocassette (45 min.) (Air combat).
Video call no.
940.544973 C729

Ploesti! Warren, MI, American Sound and Video, 1990. 45 min.
Video call no.: 623.7463 P729

Wing and a Prayer: The Saga of Utah Man. Spike Productions, 1993. 1 videocassette (58 min.)
The story is told from the viewpoint of Lt. Walter T. Stewart and his faithful, courageous crew of the B-24 Liberator they dubbed "Utah Man", which flew against the Ploesti oil refineries on August 1, 1943. This mission was to become the most decorated one in American history.
Video call no.
358.4283 W769

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