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8th Air Force Field Order 371

6 June 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

All 8th Air Force Fighter Groups and IX Fighter Command Fighter Groups take part. VIII Fighter command fulfils a threefold mission of escorting the bombers, attacking any German movement towards the beaches and protecting the vast fleet of ships laying just off the coast. The fighters fly a total of 1,880 sorties including fighter-bomber attacks on 17 bridges, 10 marshalling yards and a wide variety of other targets. Very little fighter opposition is encountered as the Luftwaffe has been almost annihilated in France. However the fighters do claim 26 destroyed and 8 damaged Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and another 4 destroyed and 9 damaged on the ground. The fighters also destroy 21 locomotives and 2 carloads of ammunition. 25 fighters are lost from a total of 555 P-38s, 414 P-47s and 750 P-51s.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Missing In Action 25
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 14
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 1
Number of people Missing In Action 24

Service

People

  • Luther Abel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF as instructor. P-47C 41-6234 lost engine on local training flight on 9 Jan 1944. A/C broke out of undercast too low and crashed into a plowed field near Loughborough,...

  • Kenneth Allstaedt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Transferred to HQ Sqn.

  • Robert Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area in P-47 42-76547, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617....

  • Harold Beck

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Harold Beck served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group at Duxford, flying 76 missions. ...

  • Robert Belliveau

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Transferred to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Blystone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 495th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Boteler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 1.5 kills. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert Boyle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Victory [Fw190]. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Burr

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

  • Merle Capp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Lt Merle R. Capp was destined to join the list of high-scoring pilots of the 78th FG with a tally of 2 air and 2.5 ground 'kills'. The youngest of three sons of a Colonel in the regular Army he was currently attending the University of Carolina when he...

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Aircraft

  • 42-25529

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Lost 4 July 44 - Lt. Lonnie L Moseley evaded capture.

  • 42-25698 'Okie II' 'Jeanie'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Ostend after pulling off Aerodrome at Miltonberg seen to be smoking, reported zero oil pressure. ...

  • 42-25712

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25736

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25871 'Nigger II', 'Roger the Lodger'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 42-25871 was flown by Captain Richard Holly, who gave it the nickname 'Nigger II', named after his wife because of her sun tan. The aircraft was also flown by Lt. Charles D Whitefield, who nicknamed it 'Roger the Lodger'.

  • 42-25981

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-25985

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26031

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26149

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Lost 10 June 44 - Lt. James F. Casey POW.

  • 42-26314

    P-47 Thunderbolt

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Revisions

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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