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A combined force of 117 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to perform a sweep along the Belgium coast in support of the bomber mission. 1 P-47 is lost due to engine failure. The pilot is seen to bale out over the sea, but his parachute fails to open and he is killed.
Number despatched by each Fighter Group not recorded in available data. One P-47 from 4th Fighter Group lost with engine failure in the sea, pilot 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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Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6196 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. Assigned to pilot Capt Alexander Rafalovitch. Lt John F "Pappy" Lutz lost in this a/c 4 May 43 when he bailed out over the North Sea due to engine trouble but at too low an altitude for...