Rudolf Grunblatt - Puits de pétrole en feu - 2

Emblematical Rudolf Grunblatt Photos Of 160 Romano-Americana.

Pleasa oil well on fire

Pleasa, Moreni , Prahova - oil well on fire in 1926

Moreni - Sonde

Moreni - Oil wells
Photo J. Fisher, Sibiu, 1933

''Rumania has oil trouble''

''Germany and allies fight deadly hidden war in neutral Balkans
Oil for Germany moves in these tank cars of American Essolub and British Shell out of Creditul Minier yards near Ploesti.Notice that cars are marked for German-American Oil Co. and German Railways, consigned to Hamburg and Wuppertal in Germany. They were sent from Germany to speed up romanian oil shipments.
Oil refinery in the snow near Ploiesti. This one belongs to Rumanian-owned company Creditul Minier which has 91 wells and this new plant at Brazi with an annual capacity of 3,600,000 barrels. It has an affiliate in France. Rumanian wells now beginning to run dry, produce an inferior grade of oil, inexpertly refined. A good deal of it runs to waste.''
Photographs for LIFE by Margaret Bourke-White.
Special thanks to Jeff Spencer.

Oilmen and oil wells at Baicoi, Prahova

Oilmen and oil wells at Baicoi, Prahova

Bustenari oil well in winter time

Bustenari-Prahova oil well in winter time. 1913

Oil wells at Cricov & Stavropoleos

Colored Moreni postcards. Oil wells at Cricov & Stavropoleos

''Bucuresti Expositia Nationala 1906. Vedere generala cu sonde''

''Bucuresti Expositia Nationala 1906'' 
''Vedere generala cu sonde''

B-24 Liberator Bombers ~ Raid On Ploesti ~ Astra Romana Refinery-1943

''Scarce early official US AIR FORCE PHOTO dated 1 Aug ’43 photograph shows a dramatic on board view from a B-24 Liberator bomber, flying a low level attack on the Astra Romana Refinery in Ploesti, Rumania. One of the many small oil installations in the Ploesti region is here seen receiving its share of the devastating attack - U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO”. This early attack occurred on August 1, 1943 and was code named “Operation Tidal Wave”. Operation Tidal Wave was an air attack by bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) based in Libya and Southern Italy on nine oil refineries around Ploesti Romania on 1 August 1943, during World War II. It was a strategic bombing mission and part of the "oil campaign" to deny petroleum-based fuel to the Axis. The mission resulted in "no curtailment of overall product output". This mission was one of the costliest for the USAAF in the European Theater, with 53 aircraft and 660 air crewmen lost. It was the worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission, and its date was later referred to as "Black Sunday". Five Medals of Honor and numerous Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded to Operation Tidal Wave crew members''