New York, 1st ed., 1957. 240 pp., photo-plates + plans. D.j., 21 x 14cm. V.G. Only once in American history have five Congressional Medals of Honour been awarded to participants in a single military operation, not to mention a thousand lesser decorations. That instance was the low-level AAF bombing of the oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania, on August 1, 1943 and the reasons for how all this came about are told in this book through eyewitness accounts of survivors of the Ploesti mission. It is a complete story of the 2700-mile run from Africa to the Balkans and back. Ploesti was more than an oil target – it was the Number One air target in Nazi Europe and this book ties in the Ploesti raids that preceded and followed the one on August, 1, 1943.