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VIII Fighter Command FO-150 BOMBER ESCORT

4 October 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 223 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; 78FG, 353FG and 355FG are despatched to provide escort to the B-17 formations attacking at Franfurt, Saarlautern; Sarreguemines and Saarbrucken, Germany. There are no losses, but one aircraft is heavily damaged and the pilot crashlands at Monkton, UK and is killed (KOM); 15 other aircraft are damaged. The fighters claim 19-1-2 of attacking German fighters.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter escort fro raids on Frankfurt, Saarlautern and Sarreguemines. 355th Fighter Group uses drop tanks for the first time.


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 223
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 19
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 2



  • Ralph Dean

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 4-Oct-43 in P-47D 42-74667, 355FG/358FS. His aircraft sustained heavy damage from German fighters while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Frankfurt, Germany. 1LT Dean managed to fly the crippled aircraft back to...


  • 42-74667

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-6-RE was assigned to the 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 4-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Ralph L. Dean, was despatched along with 223 others to provide escort to B-17 bombers. 355FG was accompanying those attacking at Frankfurt. The...


Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 19:28:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunningham 2-Jul-2014. Added fighter claims on German aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 19:26:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 2-Jul-2014. 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'.