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VIII Fighter Command FO-133 BOMBER ESCORT

16 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 79 P-47s from 56FG and 353FG are despatched to provide escort for the 1st Bomb Division formations attacking at Nantes, France. No aircraft are lost and the fighters calim 2-0-1 of attacking German fighters.

Mission details

1. NANTES

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Escort for B-17s on raid to Nantes, France

Units

  • 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...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 79
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

Service

People

  • Charles Dinse

    Military | First Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 18:20:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jun-2015. Added fighter claims on enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 18:19:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-jun-2015. Added Mission description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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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