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VIII Fighter Command FO-04

17 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Two fighter operations are conducted on this date: a combined force of 81 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to perform sweeps in the Blankenburge/Bruges/Flushing area in support of RAF Rodeo 205. There are no losses or claims; 59 P-47s are despatched to fly a diversion for RAF Circus 285. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER DIVERSION

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

A combined force of 59 P-47 is despatched from 4FG and 78FG. Number despatched by each fighter group not in source data. Diversion for RAF Circus 285.

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...

  • 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 59

2. BLANKENBERGE/BRUGES/FLUSHING S / Blankenberge, Belgium / Bruges, Belgium / Flushing, Netherlands

Description

FIGHTER SWEEPS

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

81 P-47s participate: Number despatched by each fighter group (4FG, 56FG and 78FG) not in available data. Fighter sweeps to support RAF Rodeo 205.

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 81

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 18:46:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-May-2015. Edited title for consistency.

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 20:22:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 20:20:30 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 20:15:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Mission event description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman; added map locations.

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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