Mary Jerstad Jacobs, sister of Maj. John Jerstad, who was awarded a Medal of Honor on the Ploesti Raid in World War II, views a display on the raid while touring the United States Air Force Museum with her sons, left to right, Scott Jacobs, Jeff Jacobs, and Peter Jacobs, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. The planes flew a dangerous low altitude raid on Aug. 1, 1943, targeting heavily defended oil fields in occupied Romania. Survivors of the raid are having a 70th reunion Thursday in Dayton.
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published Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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CINCINNATI — All these years later, some surviving veterans still think the raid on “Hitler’s gas station” was a great plan. However, not all worked out as expected, and the result was a fierce World War II battle marked by bravery and sacrifice.