Fortress Ploesti: The Campaign to Destroy Hitler's Oil

Fortress Ploesti: The Campaign to Destroy Hitler's Oil

by Jay A Stout


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Unlike previous books on Ploesti, Jay Stout goes well beyond the famous big and bloody raid of August 1943 and depicts the entire 1944 strategic campaign of twenty-plus missions that all but knocked Ploesti out of the war and denied the German war machine the fuel and lubricants it so desperately needed.

While Fortress Ploesti is the narrative history of the entire air campaign to deny the Ploesti oil complex to the Axis powers, it is also a launching point for the author's inquiries into many aspects of the American strategic bombing effort in World War II. It delivers across the board.

Stout, who served as a Marine F/A-18 pilot in the First Gulf War, asks questions about aviation combat history and technique that any modern combat pilot would be dying to ask. He carries the ball far beyond the goal post set by all other Ploesti historians. He has gone out of his way to describe the defenses throughout the campaign, and he brings in the voices of Ploesti's defenders to complement the tales of Allied airmen who brought Ploesti to ruin. He describes the role of the bombers, as well as that of the fighters, the ant-aircraft defenses, even the technique of obscuring the Ploesti complex with smoke.

In the end, Stout's narrative describes the entire Ploesti effort for the very first time in print, and, by proxy, guides the reader through the intricacies of the entire Allied strategic bombing campaign in Europe, and all the weapons and techniques the Axis powers used to parry it. His lucid presentation of complex issues at the tactical and strategic levels is impressive.

Jay Stout's previous books include Hornets Over Kuwait, his Gulf War memoir and, as co-author, The First Hellcat Ace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935149392
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 988,098
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jay Stout is a native of Indiana and a 1981 graduate of Purdue University. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps that same year and earned his designation as a naval aviator in 1983 with orders to fly the F-4 Phantom. He later served as an instructor on the T-2C Buckeye and transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. As a Hornet pilot, he flew 37 combat missions during Desert Storm.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Oil
Chapter 2. Beginnings
Chapter 3. Liberator
Chapter 4. Preparations
Chapter 5. En Route
Chapter 6. Chaos
Chapter 7. Egress
Chapter 8. Assessments
Chapter 9. Strategy
Chapter 10. Buildup
Chapter 11. Loophole
Chapter 12. Downed
Chapter 13. Defenses
Chapter 14. Mountaineers
Chapter 15. Bombardiers
Chapter 16. Teamwork
Chapter 17. Romanian
Chapter 18. Lightnings
Chapter 19. Germans
Chapter 20. Selflessness
Chapter 21. Bulgarians
Chapter 22. Svengali
Chapter 23. Honor
Chapter 24. Nightmare
Chapter 25. Ingenuity
Chapter 26. Night
Chapter 27. Terror
Chapter 28. Straps
Chapter 29. Tally

Appendix One: Fifteenth Air Force Organizational Chart
Appendix Two: Statistics—1944 Ploesti Campaign
Chapter Notes

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