Ben Kuroki's Photo Album
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The Tupelo Lass crew prior to the Ploesti, Rumania raid of August 1, 1943. Second from left, bottom, is pilot Jake Epting. Epting was originally not going to fly, having finished his 25 missions. Col. Jacob Smart, the architect of the Ploesti attack, was to take Epting's place. Smart was removed from the flight because he knew of the D-Day plans, which could be at risk if he was captured. Ploesti became Epting's 26th mission.
Courtesy William Hubbard.
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