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VIII Fighter Command FO-116 BOMBER ESCORT

27 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 173 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to provide fighter escort for the bomber formations attacking the V-Weapon site at Watten, France. Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" lists 1 aircraft MIA from 353FG, but no MACR confirmation could be located and Bishop & Hey in "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" don't show this loss.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Escort for Watten mission. 353rd Fighter Group one Missing in Action (MIA) pilot Missing in Action (MIA), 56th Fighter Group one damaged when Group bounced by RAF spitfires. No record found on 353rd Fighter Group pilot.


  • 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

    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

    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

Tonnage dropped Not Applicable
Number of aircraft Sent 173
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Missing In Action 1



  • Charles Dinse

    Military | First Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group


Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 20:16:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 27-May-2015. Correction of typo in Narrative.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 20:15:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 27-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eight 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'.