Robert N. McLean, Jr. Mission on August 17, 1944

August 17, 1944 – Thursday

“Old Faithful #2”

Mission #44 – target – Oil fields at Ploesti in Romania.  Takeoff 0545 Landing 0645 (0100)  Total combat hours (243:20) Load 4000 (8-500) Remarks:

1.     #2 engine started leaking oil and had to be feathered – we returned to base.

2.     This was the sixth time we had lost an engine and it has always been #2

3.     We weren’t sorry to see it happen – Ploesti is still the world’s roughest target and it’s only a single mission

4.     Casualties none

5.     Statistics – total bomb tonnage (156,600 lbs) (78.3 tons)

6.     Squadron lost one ship (Lt. Westby).  7 Chutes with a possibility that all men got out.  All returning planes shot up badly – several injured


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376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

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Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle