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8th Air Force FO 256 BOMBER ESCORT

29 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 79 P-47s from 78FG and IX Fighter Command 365FG are despatched to provide escort from heavy bombers attacking the V-Weapon site at Lottinghen, France. There are no losses, claims or casualties.

Mission details

1. LOTTINGHEN

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

356th Fighter Group from IX Fighter Command contributes P-47s to escort. 8th Air Force and IX Fighter Command despatch bundled

Units

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 79

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 23:20:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-2016 Made connection to IX FC unit per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 23:19:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-2016. Correcting target name.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 23:14:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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