On August 1, 1943, an enormous armada of America B-24 Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania. This mission was Operation Tidal Wave. Its target - Hitler's giant oil refineries at Ploesti. Ploesti presents a vivid reconstruction of a dramatic and controversial mission.
JAMES DUGAN served overseas during World War II with the Eighth Air Force photo and newsreel unit and as a staff correspondent for Yank, the Army weekly. He assisted Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau with The Silent World and wrote the narration for Cousteau's feature movie of the same title, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1956 and a Hollywood Oscar the following year. He died in 1967. CARROLL STEWART is a longtime Nebraska newspaperman. During World War II, as a member of the 93rd Bomb Group, he published The Liberator, the first newspaper for overseas U.S. troops.