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8th Air Force Field Order 372

6 June 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

Mission details

1. Normandy

Description

FIGHTER TACTICAL MISSIONS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

182 P-47s and 218 P-51s attack ground targets and 49 P-47s and 17 P-51s provide cover.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 466

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,...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • James Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Rennes in P-47 42-26149 having dropped his bombs, formation bounced by Me109s crashed near La Ferte Mace 10-Jun-44 Prisoner of War (POW), MACR 5579. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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...

  • Peter Caulfield

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Dacci

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Kill. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 42-25871 '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

  • 42-26314

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26317

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-26333 Hun Buster

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-75551 Queen Mu

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Named for Warren Van Dyk's wife Muriel. Lost 18 Sept 44 - Lt. Richard C Snyder. POW

  • 42-75591 Lady Yvonne

    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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