Robert N. McLean, Jr. Mission on June 6, 1944

June 6, 1944 – Tuesday

“Horivan Arrives”

Mission #6,7 – target – oil refinery at Ploesti in Romania.  Takeoff 0600 Landing 1345 (0745)  Total combat hours (30:05)  Purpose of raid – to blast the remaining 10% of Germany’s available oil supply.  Remarks:

1)     Four separate instances of flak attacks, most of it not very intense or accurate.

2)     Ploesti was effectively covered by a protective smoke screen.  Although other groups dropped bombs on the primary objective, we chose an alternate target – the marshalling yards at Craiova in Romania

3)     For 3 full hours before we arrived at Ploesti, fighter attacked continuously.  They were engaged by P-38’s for one half that time and then attacked us when the escort left.  There were about 20 fighters (15 Me-109 and 5 Fw-190)

4)     They got two of our ships and severely damaged a third

5)     Out of the 2 ships that went down, 17 chutes were seen to open and there is good chance that the other men got out unless injured.  We escorted the damaged plane home.  He had one dead and two injured aboard

6)     During the hot part of the fighter attack, our tail gunner damaged an attacking Me-109

7)     Load 4500 lb

8)     Casualties none

9)     Jerry has plenty of nerve

10)  1 Me 109 shot down


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


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previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

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

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando