Robert N. McLean, Jr. Mission on June 23, 1944

June 23, 1944 – Friday

“No Guts”

Mission #14 – target – Romano-Americano oil refinery at Ploesti Romania.  Takeoff 0615 landing 1130 (0515)  Total combat hours (6725)  Load – 5000 lbs ( 500 lb incendiary clusters each containing 120 bombs to a cluster)  Remarks:

1)     Upon approaching within one hour of the target, it was decided that the target would be obscured by clouds.  We returned home without bombing an alternate because incendiary clusters are effective against only oil plants or wooden installations.

2)     Bucksheesh no flak no fighters

3)     We brought our bombs back and landed with them

4)     No casualties

5)     Mission #14 granted due to the fact that we went 2/3 of the way to the target