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VIII Fighter Command FO-111 FIGHTER SWEEPS

23 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 158 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are sent on fighter sweeps of the Bruges/Woensdrect/Schipol area. Those of 353FG make a high altitude approach in an attempt to confuse the German radar operators into thinking they were a bomber force. It didn't work. No losses or claims and no German fighters were encountered.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter sweep over Holland. The 353rd Fighter Group simulates bombers.


  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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

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  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter 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

    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 158


Date Contributor Update
25 May 2015 19:26:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 25-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 AAM AAM ingest

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'.