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8th Air Force Field Order 352

28 May 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. FOR 8th Air Force 376

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 697 fighters from 8th Air Force provide escort: 182 P-38s, 208 P-47s and 307 P-51s. In addition IX Fighter Command contributes a mix of 527 fighters (mix not in source data). IX Fighter Command claims 33-0-1 in the air and 5-0-7 on the ground (not included in table), with a loss of 5 fighters (not in table). 8th Air Force claims include 0-0-1 on the ground.

Units

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 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

Tonnage dropped NA

Service

People

  • Woodrow Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Woodrow Anderson entered service from Texas and served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group transferring to the 352nd Fighter Group. He Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down in P...

  • Clarence Barger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 6 kills. Flak damaged in P-47 42-75275 8-Mar-44 - Barger WIA. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Liepzig. Formation jumped by Bf109's did not acknowledge break, not seen after break crashed near Zerbst...

  • Richard Bopp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Separated from his section leader after engaging German aircraft near Magdeburg. Was in radio contact as group was turning for home but unable to locate friendly aircraft. Reported shot down in P-51 42-106846 by the Germans in Northern France, his...

  • James Burr

    Military | First Lieutenant | MOS 1055: Fighter Pilot, Single Engine | 352nd Fighter Group
    By Terry L. Page (Nephew) ...

  • Lawrence Casey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled out after engine failure near Bernay, France, in P-47 42-75610. The Pierre-Rose family provided cover for him at their country home, Chalet de Franc Boaisier, Tourville la...

  • Feodor Clemovitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 380FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Dessau shot down Gardelegen, Germany Prisoner of War (POW). 28-May-44 MACR 5136. Awards: POW,WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Joseph Farley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Hannover en return near Beilefeld hit by ground fire in P-47 42-75457, crashed near Loddenheide Killed in Action (KIA). 28-May-44 MACR 5027. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Philip Hazelett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 193 Hrs combat, 57 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Hannover Strafing Wunstrof A/D in P-47 42-26064 hit by AA fire crashed Gildehaus 28-May-44 . Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5028. ...

  • Aubrey Hewatt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by an Bf109 on escort mission to Magdeburg in P-51B 43-6933. Hit by cannon fire which caused the A/C to break up in flames, Hewatt abandoned A/C which crashed at Barnstadt, Germany. POW. 28-May-44. MACR 5397...

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Aircraft

  • 42-103004 'Little Joe'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 380FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Dessau shot down Gardelegen, Germany pilot 2Lt Feodor Clemovitz Prisoner of War (POW). 28-May-44 MACR 5136.

  • 42-106481

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-106486 'Virginia'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) penetration escort Frankfurt head-on mid air collision with P-47 42-26016. A/C destroyed pilot 2Lt Anthony E Ladas Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5138.

  • 42-106635 'Texas Bluebonnet'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down, pilot Lt Woodrow W Anderson Killed in Action (KIA) 28-May-44. MACR 5099.

  • 42-106712

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Madgeburg turned back due to mech failure 1st Lt Donald McDowell Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5133.

  • 42-106846

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return [FTR]. Reported shot down by the Germans in Northern France, aircraft crashing near Aumont. Pilot Lt Richard Bopp POW. MACR 5726.

  • 42-26016

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Dummer Lake mid air collision with P-51 42-106486, pilot Capt Alwin M Juchheim Jr baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 28-May-44 MACR 5280.

  • 42-75457

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to NW Germany, on return with section looking for targets to strafe, hit by flak and crashed Bielefeld, Germany. Lt Joseph R Farley KIA 28-May-44 MACR 5027.

  • 42-76318

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hannover Strafing Wunstrof A/D hit by AA fire climbed to bale out, stalled/spun in. 28-May-44 2Lt William S Orvis Jr Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5026.

  • 43-6631 'Little Brown Jug'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Liepzig shot down by Me109's crashed near Zerbst in P-51B 43-6631 Lt Clarence R Barger Killed in Action (KIA). 28-May-44. MACR 5360.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2017 15:51:38 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Mission 376: Battle over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo De Jong
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106635&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2017 11:42:17 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Mission 376: Battle over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo De Jong
https://www.fold3.com/image/28626671
https://www.fold3.com/image/28630407

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 21:06:46 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Mission 376: Battle over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo De Jong
https://www.fold3.com/image/28626671
https://www.fold3.com/image/28630407

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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