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VIII Fighter Command FO-119 BOMBER ESCORT

31 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


160 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations bombing the German airflied at Amiens/Glisy, France. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 1POW. The aircraft collided with eachother at 30,000 feet nine miles north of the target. Both airmen were seen to bale out, but the parachute of 2LT Lester L. Dansky faile to open and he was killed. 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) when it ran out of gas and crashlanded in a field near Southend-on-Sea-Essex, Pilot RTD.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter escort for Amine/Meulan/Rouen mission. Two 353rd Fighter Group P-47 suffer a mid-air collision south of St. Omer, pilots Missing in Action (MIA)


  • 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

Number of aircraft Sent 160
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1



  • Lester Dansky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft P-47D 42-7999 353FG/352FS sustained a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-8383 at 30,000 feet nine miles north of Amiens, France while on a mission to escort the B-17 formation attacking the German airfield at...

  • Charles Dinse

    Military | First Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

  • Robert Murden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Pilot of P-47D 42-8383 353FG/352FS on 31-Aug-43 when the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-7999 353FG/352FS at 30,000 feet nine miles norht of Amiens, France while on a mission to escort a formation of B...


  • 42-8383

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-8383 was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK. The aircraft was piloted by 2LT Robert T. Murden and was involved in a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-7999 at 30,000 feet nine miles north of Amiens, France while on a mission to...


Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 22:14:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A, Freeman aand "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

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'.