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VIII Fighter Command FO-151 BOMBER ESCORT

8 October 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 274 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; and 355FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 3 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 2POW and 5 others are damaged. 2 airmen are Wounded in Action (WIA).

Mission details

1. BREMEN

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter escort for raid on Bremen, Germany. 4th Fighter Group loses two aircraft Missing in Action (MIA)- pilots Missing in Action (MIA); 56th Fighter Group loses one aircraft Missing in Action (MIA) -pilot Missing in Action (MIA).

Units

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    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...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not Applicable
Number of aircraft Sent 274
Number of aircraft Effective 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

Service

People

  • Dover Fleming

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8-Oct-43 in P-47C 41-6268, 56FG/63FS while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters and crashed into the Zuider Zee (Ijsselmeer) near Amsterdam, Holland.

  • Robert Patterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    On 8-Oct-43 1LT Robert G Patterson, 4FG/335FS was shot down by enemy fighters in P-47D 42-7911 while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. His aircraft was attacked by German fighters over Holland. He was able to bale out and...

  • Clyde Smith

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    On 8-Oct-43 F/O Clyde D. Smith 4FG/334FS was shot down by enemy fighters in P-47D 42-7915 while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. His aircraft was attcked by German fighters over Holland. He was able to bale out and was...

Aircraft

  • 41-6268

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    On 8-Oct-43 P-47C 41-6268, 56FG/63FS piloted by, 2LT Dover C. Fleming Jr., was shot down over Holland while escorting B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircraft crashed into the Ijsselmer near Amsterdam, Holland. 1KIA MACR 939.

  • 42-7911

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-1-RE 42-7911 was assigned to the 4th FG/335FS at Debden, UK. On 8-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Robert G. Patterson, was flown to the airfield at Shipdham to serve as a forward operating base for the despatch of the unit to escort B-17s...

  • 42-7915

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-1-RE 42-7915 was assigned to the 4th FG/335FS at Debden, UK. On 8-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by F/O Clyde D. Smith, was flown to the airfield at Shipdham to serve as a forward operating base for the despatch of the unit to escort B-17s...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2015 18:14:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Jul-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
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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