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This page out of Sgt. Butler's flight log notes that on June 6, 1944 he made his first bombing run over the Ploesti Rumanian oil refineries in a B-24 and the bomber sustained flak damage to one wing and the nose turret. Sun photo by Don Moore This page out of Sgt. Butler’s flight log notes that on June 6, 1944 he made his first bombing run over the Ploesti Rumanian oil refineries in a B-24 and the bomber sustained flak damage to one wing and the nose turret. Sun photo by Don Moore

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, when tens of thousands of Allied troops were storming the beaches of Normandy, France, Staff Sgt. Wilbur Butler was flying as nose gunner aboard a B-24 bomber called “Boobie Trap” on a mission to bomb the Ploesti oil refineries.

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