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VIII Fighter Command FO-130 FIGHTER SWEEP

14 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A force of 126 P-47s from: 4FG, 56FG, 352FG, and 355FG are despatched on a fighter sweep over dunkirk and the Dutch Islands. 1 aircraft is damaged on take-off, hitting a tree. Pilot makes wheels up landing in a field and is OK. Aircraft repaired.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter sweep of from Dunkirk to Dutch Islands. 344th Fighter Group fire mission. 335Fighter Group has one Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) when pilot hits a tree on take-off. Pilot OK


  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 176
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1



  • William Alm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in P-47D 42-22531 352FG/328FS. The aircraft either had mechanical failure or the pilot was suffering from Anoxia and crashed into the English Channel 50 miles east of the Blackwater Estuary, UK. 1 KIA MACR 562.


  • 42-22531

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RA 42-22531 was assigned to the 352FG/328FS at Bodney, UK On 14-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT William H. Alm, crashed into the English Channel upon return from a fighter sweep of the Knokke/Calaise area. Cause not determined. Possibly a...


Date Contributor Update
06 June 2015 21:40:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 6-Jun-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'.