Ernie Poulson was shot down in a B-24D Liberator on a near tree-top-level bombing run above oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania, on Aug. 1, 1943.
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Eleven World War II veterans who were part of the Ploesti, Romania, raid, and a sister of one of the Medal of Honor recipients, visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mission.
Ernie Poulson - Salt Lake City, Utah
Al Romano - Lynnfield, Mass.
Lloyd “Bill” Reese - Elida, Ohio
James McClain - Waterloo, Iowa
Richard Tuttle - Mokelumne, Calif.
Bill Newbold - Newton, Pa.
William G. Morton - Dayton, Ohio
Dale Hulsey - Benbrook, Texas
Anthony Sapienza - San Francisco, Calif.
John Ramey - Baton Rouge, La.
Robert Rans - Tampa, Fla.
Mary Jerstad Jacobs (sister of Medal of Honor recipient John Jerstad) - Humbird, Wis.
Source: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Photo Gallery: See photos of the WWII veterans as they mark the 70th anniversary of their historic raid.