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A combined force of 112 P-47s are despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to arry out high altitude sweeps of the Pas-de-Calaise/Hague area in support of RAF Rodeo 211. This is the first time that fighters from 56FG have encountered enemy fighters. 56FG has two aircraft MIA.
1. PAS-DE-CALAIS / THE HAGUE
Number despatched by each fighter group not in available data. Despatched to support Rodeo 211 This is the 56th Fighter Group's first encounter with enemy fighters, they lose two aircraft and pilots Missing in Action (MIA).
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...
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...
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...
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Military | Captain | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
29 April 1943 shot down in P-47C 41-6394 near Breskens, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). No MACR issued.
Assigned to 56FG/62FS at Horsham St. Faith, UK. 9-Apr-43 Shot down by enemy aircraft near Prove, Zeeland, Holland with Pilot CPT John C. McClure. POW No MACR issued.