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VIII Fighter Command FO-106 BOMBER ESCORT

17 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This operation was conducted in two elements to provide fighter escort for the B-17 formations attacking at Schweinfurt/Regensberg. A composite force of 240 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the penetration by the B-17s of the element attacking Regensburg. These were joined by 96 RAF Spitfires. In addition, 93 P-47s from 56FG and 353FG would provide escort to the withdrawl of B-17 element that had attacked Schweinfurt. The are joined by 85 RAF Spitfires. 3 P-47s are lost supporting the withdrawl - 3KIA. The fighters claim 19-3-4 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. SCHWEINFURT / REGENSBURG

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighters escort bombers as far as possible into France. The 56th Fighter Group and the 353rd Fighter Group flew a second formation in support of the Schweinfurt withdrawal. In addition the RAF provided 96 Spitfires on the penetration and 85 Spitfires on the withdrawal. 3 P-47s from 56th Fighter Group were lost, pilots Missing in Action (MIA).

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 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. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 240
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of people Killed In Action 3

Service

People

  • Voorhis Day

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Shot down by German fighters in P-47C 41-7991 while providing escort to the withdrawl of B-17s that had attacked Schweinfurt, Germany. The aircraft crashed at Warsage, Belgium and 1LT Day was Killed in Action (KIA). Last seen chasing 2 ME110s ...

  • Lloyd Gwinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Reported by Lt Noonan (Navigator) that Lt Gwinn was...

  • Walker Mahurin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 56th Fighter Group
    Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943. He was later promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. He claimed his first victories during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission,...

  • Robert Stultz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 17-Aug-43 when his aircraft, P-47C 41-6398 56FG/62FS, was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed at Freeren, Belgium. This loss occured on the second operation flown by 56th Fighter Group in providing withdrawl support for the B...

  • Arthur Sugas

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Shot down by German aircraft on 17-Aug-43 in P-47C 41-6372, 56FG/63FS while performing bomber escort support for the withdrawl B-17s that had attacked Schweinfurt, Germany. The aircraft crashed near Wolder, Holland and 1LT Sugas was Killed in Action....

Aircraft

  • 42-7891

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-1-RE was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group/62nd Fighter Squadron at Halesworth, UK. It was asssigned to 1LT Voorhis H. Day and was shot down by Germany fighters on 17-Aug-43 while being flown by 1LT Day on a missionto provide fighter escrot to...

  • 41-6398

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-57C 41-6398 was assigned to 56th Fighter Group/62nd Fighter Squadron at Halesworth. The aircraft was flown by 1LT Robert M. Stultz and shot down by German fighters on 17-Aug-43 while on a mission to provide withdrawl escort to the bombers that had...

  • 41-6372

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE 41-6372 was assigned to 56th Fighter Group/63rd Fighter Squadron at Halesworth, UK. The aircraft was flown by 1LT Arthur Sugas and was shot down by German aircraft on 17-Aug-43 while providing support for the withdrawl of B-17s that had...

  • 41-6179

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Written off after take off accident on 17 August 1943.

  • 41-6622

    P-47 Thunderbolt

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 20:27:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-May-2015. Added Arthur Sugas to people associations per MACR 265.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 19:44:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A. Freeman and the 303BG Mission Report http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/060.pdf. Aircraft associations from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.

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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