B-24 bomber in low level flight over Ploesti oil refinery in World War II
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F. Scott Crawford
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"White Mike" B-24 Combat Missions
15th AF, 460th Bomb Group, WWII, 1944.
Copyright 1990.  All Rights Reserved.
Benjamin F. Crawford, writer & producer.
U.S. Army Air Force Pilot of the B-24
"Liberator" heavy bomber called "White Mike"
in 1944.
Retired, Major USAF.  
Distinguished Flying Cross,
Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.  
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Combat footage from B-24 Liberator bombing missions in
World War II, filmed by the pilot, Ben Crawford, before, during
and after missions from Italy into eastern Europe in 1944.
See the actual missions of the B-24 Liberator "White Mike", the
base in Italy from which it flew, the men who flew this bomber, the
day to day life on the base.  Fly on a buzzing overflight of the
base. Run with the ground crew to fight the fire at a crashed
bomber near the base.  Be sure to see this personal and
emotional look at the life of a bomber crew, told by its pilot, as its
members faced the uncertainty of combat operations.  Enduring
and successfully completing 52 missions before their tour was
completed.  Witness the shocking, twisting, wrenching,
instantaneous loss of a B-24 in flight next to "White Mike".

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Black and white original film and sound.
Duration 33.5 minutes.

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"White Mike"
B-24 Combat Missions
15th AF, 460th Bomb Group
WWII, 1944
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B-24Ds over the Ploesti oil refineries in Rumania during World War II
The B-24 LIberator "White Mike" took part in several missions to the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania, in the
summer of 1944.  The anti-aircraft defenses at Ploesti were deemed the third most potent of the
anti-aircraft systems in different portions of the Axis Powers.  The only anti-aircraft systems ranked higher
in effectiveness than those at the Ploesti oil refineries were the defenses of Berlin and Vienna.  This
photograph is from an earlier B-24 raid on Ploesti, in July 1943, in which 54 B-24's were lost, along with
their 10-man crews, 540 men in that single mission.
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