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VIII Fighter Command Field Order 01 - RAMROD 50.

13 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 36 P-47s are depatched on a diversion for RAF Ramrod 50. A "Ramrod" is a short range (medium) bomber mission against ground targets. 4FG (20); 56FG (4); 78FG (12). Even though 78FG had participated in a Rodeo on 8-Apr-43, this action is recorded as their first combat mission. 1 P-47 from 78FG is down in the English Channel because of engine trouble, but the pilot baled out and is rescued by Air-Sea-Rescue (ASR).

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER DIVERSION

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Despatched on a diversion for RAF Ramrod 50. One 78th Fighter Group pilot bailed out over the English Channel when his P-47 had engine trouble, rescued.

Units

  • 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...

  • 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. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

2.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Despatched on Rodeo 202. One 56th Fighter Group P-47 has engine trouble but pilot manages to glide and make a belly landing near Deal, England.

Units

  • 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...

  • 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. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-6388

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE 41-6399 [WZ:M] was assigned to the 78FG/84FS at Duxford. On 13-Apr-43 the aircraft, piloted by LTC Joseph L. Dickman, Deputy Group Commanding Officer, was despatched on a Ramrod mission to support the RAF. The aircraft sustained an engine...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 18:37:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 18:36:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Descriptionbased on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 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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