|FIELD ORDER NO. 58
Maps: Plotting series and topographic
charts of entire area -- BENGASI, CORFU, BRACOV, CONSTANTA, ISTANBUL,
a. See Intelligence Annex.
b. Friendly ground situation: no change.
||The Ninth U.S. Air Force will attack
and destroy the 7 principal oil refineries in the PLOESTI area
on 1 August 1943 employing 7 target forces in a minimum altitude
attack in order to deny the enemy use of the petroleum products
processed in that area.
|| On the line Site 7 - DRIANA - TOCRA,
leading element to depart TOCRA at 0530 GMT.
||b. ROUTE OUT:
BENGASI - TOCRA - Northern tip of CORFU - PIROT - 43º50'
N 23º43' E - PITESTI - IP - TARGET
ATITUDES: BENGASI to TOCRA to 38º20' N 20º08' E begin
climb so as to cross CORFU at 10,000 feet until reaching PIROT.
At PIROT begin descent so as to cross DANUBE at 3,000-5,000
feet. Remain at 3,000 to 5,000 feet until reaching PITESTI.
From PITESTI to IPs maintain minimum altitude above terrain.
From IP to target reduce altitudes to bombing level.
||c. AXIS OF ATTACK
||Target Forces No. 1 to 5 Incl - 127º
Target Force Blue - 132º
Target Force Red - 150º
||d. MANUVER AFTER ATTACK:
Target forces Nos 1 to 5 Incl continue on attack course 127º
for following times after crossing E-W RR along southern border
of PLOESTI. Then turn right to a heading of 233º to LAKE
BALTA POTELEL approx 120 miles from PLOESTI.
No 1 - 2 min 15 sec
No 2 - 2 min 15 sec
No 3 - 2 min 15 sec
No 4 - 2 min
No 5 - 1 min 45 sec
Target Force Blue turn right as soon as possible to a heading
of 233º. Target Force Red turn right as soon as possible
to a heading of 220º. All forces remain at minimum altitude
until after crossing RIVER DANUBE then climb to 10,000 feet.
||e. ROUTE BACK
From targets, all forces will proceed to LAKE BALTA POTELEL
as directed in withdrawl plan. From there to BARKOVISTA to southern
tip of CORFU to TOCRA to bases.
ALTITUDES: From target to LAKE BALTA POTELEL 3,000-5,000 feet.
LAKE BALTA POTELEL climb to 10,000 feet holding this altitude
until reaching CORFU. From CORFU to base utilize the most economical
||Target Force No 1, Colonel
Compton commanding, and consisting of 24 B-24s from the 376th
Bomb Group will lead the formation and attack target No White
1 as indicated on Operations Map. Attack will be made in 4 waves
of 6 airplanes each.
||Target Force No 2, Colonel Baker commanding,
and major Brown deputy leader, consisting of 21 B-24s of the 93rd
Bomb Group, will fly No. 2 position in the route formation and
attack target White No II as indicated on Operations Map employing
3 waves of six airplanes each plus one wave of three airplanes.
||Target Force No 3, Colonel Baker commanding
and Major Potts leading, consisting of 12 B-24s of the 93rd Bomb
Group, will fly No 3 position in the formation and attack target
White No III as indicated on Operations Map employing 4 waves
of 3 airplanes each.
||Target Force No 4, Colonel Kane commanding,
consisting of 40 B-24s of the 98th Bomb Group, will fly No 4 position
in the formation and attack target White No IV employing 4 waves
of 10 airplanes each.
|| Target Force No 5, Colonel Johnson
commanding and Major Brandon leading, consisting of 15 B-24s of
the 44th Bomb Group will fly No 5 position in the formation and
attack White No V as indicated on the Operations Map, employing
5 waves of 3 airplanes each.
||Target Force No 6, Lt Colonel Posey
commanding, and Captain Diehl leading, consisting of 18 B-24s
of the 44th Bomb Group, will fly No 6 position in the formation
and attack target Blue I as indicated on the Operations Map, employing
3 waves of 6 airplanes each.
||Target Force Red, Colonel Woods commanding,
and Captain Caldwell leading, consisting of 24 B-24s of the 389th
Bomb Group, will fly the last position in the formation and attack
target Red I as indicated on the Operations Map, employing 8 waves
of 3 airplanes each.
||See Bomb Loading
||See Airdrome Annex.
|See Communications Annex.
(1) Ground: No Change.
(2) Air: Colonel Compton in lead aircraft. Deputy leader, Colonel
Baker, in lead aircraft 2nd target force.
By command of Brigadier General ENT:
||JOHN C. KILBORN,
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