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To Hell and BackPloesti Low Level Raid - by Anthony Saunders
by Anthony Saunders

Description:  Flying at low-level over the Astra Romana oil refinery, Lt James Merrick of the 98th Bomb Group powers his B-24 ‘Lil De-icer’ through the pall of burning debris as time-delayed bombs, dropped in error by a previous Group, explode beneath them. With any hope of surprise now lost, and taking heavy losses in the process, the crews of the 98th bravely hold their bombers on course.


This dramatic and most historical painting is signed on the back by:

Captain Charles D. Cavit
Enlisting in the Army Air Corps the month after Pearl Harbor, Charles Cavit trained as a Pilot and was assigned to the 567th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group in March 1943. Arriving in the UK in July he was immediately dispatched to Libya, detached to the 98th Bomb Group. A Co-Pilot on the Ploesti Raid of 1 August 1943, his first combat mission, his B-24 ‘Jersey Jackass’ was shot down over Romania. Wounded, he was captured and taken to Bucharest as a POW. 
 
Captain Andrew W. Opsata
Joining the Army Air Corps in June 1940 and qualifying as a Pilot, Andy Opsata flew B-24 Liberators with the 389th Bomb Group, based in East Anglia in England. On 3rd July the unit flew to a temporary base outside Bengazi, detached to the 98th Bomb Group and he was Pilot of the B-24 named ‘The Stinger’ on the Ploesti Raid. Returning to England he completed a total of 25 missions by the end of his tour.
 
Technical Sergeant Richard E. Tuttle
Richard Tuttle trained as a Radio Operator after enlisting in the Army Air Corps a few days before Christmas, 1941. After completing his training he was posted to England with the 44th Bomb Group, ‘The Flying Eightballs’ part of the 8th Air Force. On 28th June 1943 the Group, under the command of Colonel Leon Johnson (who would win the Medal of Honor at Ploesti) arrived in Libya from where he took part in the Ploesti Raid as Radio Operator and Gunner on the B-24, 'Mr. 5 x 5'.

Ploesti Low Level Raid - by Anthony Saunders - Reverse Signatures