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Oil Patch Heroes of WWII #7368471
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THE OIL PATCH WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II


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7 foot statue of roughneck in Nottingham, England



Seventy-five years ago this month, a Band of Roughnecks went abroad on a top secret mission into Robin Hood's stomping grounds to punch oil wells to help fuel England's war machines.
It's a story that should make any oilman or woman proud.
The year was 1943 and England was mired in World War II. U-boats attacked supply vessels, choking off badly needed supplies to the island nation. But oil was the commodity they needed the most as they warred with Germany.
A book "The Secret of Sherwood Forest: Oil Production in England During World War II" written by Guy Woodward and Grace Steele Woodward was published in 1973, and tells the obscure story of the American oil men who went to England to bore wells in a top secret mission in March 1943.
England had but one oil field, in Sherwood Forest of all places. Its meager output of 300 barrels a day was literally a drop in the bucket of their requirement of 150,000 barrels a day to fuel their war machines.
Then a top secret plan was devised: to send some Americans and their expertise to assist in developing the field. Oklahoma based Noble Drilling Company, along with Fain-Porter signed a one year contract to drill 100 wells for England, merely for costs and expenses.
42 drillers and roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma, most in their teens and early twenties volunteered for the mission to go abroad. The hands embarked for England in March 1943 aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Four National 50 drilling rigs were loaded onto ships but only three of them made landfall; the Nazi U-boats sank one of the rigs en route to the UK.
The Brits' jaws dropped as the Yanks began punching the wells in a week, compared to five to eight weeks for their British counterparts. They worked 12 hour tours, 7 days a week and within a year, the Americans had drilled 106 wells and England oil production shot up from 300 barrels a day to over 300,000
The contract fulfilled, the American oil men departed England in late March 1944. But only 41 hands were on board the return voyage. Herman Douthit, a Texan derrick-hand was killed during the operation. He was laid to rest with full military honors, and remains the only civilian to be buried at The American Military Cemetery in Cambridge.
"The Oil Patch Warrior," a 7ft bronze statue of a roughneck holding a four foot pipe wrench stands near Nottingham England to honor the American oil men's assistance and sacrifice in the war. A replica was placed in Ardmore Oklahoma in 2001 .

It is by no means a stretch to state that without the American mission, we might all be speaking German today.

Special thanks to the American Oil and Gas Historical Society.



"There are no noble wars, just noble warriors"

Re: Oil Patch Heroes of WWII [Re: mikei] #7368517
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Re: Oil Patch Heroes of WWII [Re: mikei] #7368521
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Very interesting read...

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If I remember correctly there is also a statue in Ardmore Oklahoma that is like the one in Nottingham.


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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
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Great read!

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Great read!

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Never heard of this before. Great story.


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Never heard of this before. Great story.


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Very cool story that I had never heard before. Another example of the Greatest Generation!

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Too many of these stories will never be told or heard, as many of the Greatest Generation did not want to tell the stories.

My grandfather served in WWII. North Africa, to Italy, to France. He never said a word. I found out after he died.

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Neat story...thanks for posting.... flag


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This has the makings of a good movie. Thanks for posting Mr. Oxner.

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Too many of these stories will never be told or heard, as many of the Greatest Generation did not want to tell the stories.

My grandfather served in WWII. North Africa, to Italy, to France. He never said a word. I found out after he died.


So true.....I had two grandfathers and four great uncles serving in the Army, Navy, and Air Corps......none ever spoke of the war except my grandfather who had been a paratrooper with 5 combat jumps...and he only talked about it one time when I came home from jump school....he talked about an hour then never again.

Many, many stories both military and civilian will never be known......amazing how those men worked and kept the secret for years......


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Milf does the trick.

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Too many of these stories will never be told or heard, as many of the Greatest Generation did not want to tell the stories.

My grandfather served in WWII. North Africa, to Italy, to France. He never said a word. I found out after he died.

My father made the same trip, he was an Army Tanker under Montgomery. He rarely talked about it, mostly during a slow day of cat fishing on Caddo Lake at the north end of the Government Ditch.

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Neat story...thanks for posting.... flag

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Neat story...thanks for posting.... flag

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Neat story...thanks for posting.... flag

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Very cool story that I had never heard before. Another example of the Greatest Generation!

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Very cool story that I had never heard before. Another example of the Greatest Generation!


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