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VIII Fighter Command FO-165 BOMBER ESCORT

22 October 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort to B-26s of 9th Air Force. 1 aircraft was damaged. There are no losses or claims.

The second element was a combined force of 349 P-47s from 4Fg, 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; 355FG; and 356FG despatched to provide escort to B-26s of 9th Air Force. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 2KIA. 1 aircraft returned too damaged to repair. There are no claims on enemy aircraft.

Mission details

1. EVREUX/FAUVILLE

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 33

2. EVREUX/FAUVILLE

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighters escort 9th Air Force B-26s on a raid to Evreux/ Fauville Airfield. 353rd Fighter Group loses two aircraft Missing in Action (MIA)-pilots Killed in Action (KIA) and 355th Fighter Group has one aircraft crash-land as a DBR-pilot OK.

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...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. 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

Number of aircraft Sent 349
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1

Service

People

  • Alan Lowe

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Crashed near St. Omer in P-47D 42-8683 on 22 Oct 43 on a mission in support of B26's of 9th Air Force. Earlier may have been pilot who on return from escorting B17s, ran out of gas and made a forced landing at RAF Ludham on Sept. 27, 1943. ...

  • Walter Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 22-OCt-43 in P-47D 42-7989, 353FG/350FS, piloted by 2LT Walter B Stone while provding fighter escort (White Flight) to a formation of B-26s from 9th Air Force. The aircraft was last seen enetering a cloud fomration at 16,000...

Aircraft

  • 42-7989

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-7989 was assigned 353FG/350FS at Metfileld, UK, On 22-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Walter B. Stone, was despatched with others of the 353FG to provide escort to b-26 bombers from 9th Air Force. The aircraft was last seen entering a...

  • 42-8683

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-5-RE 42-8683 was assigned to the 353FG/350FS at Metfield, UK. On 22-Oct-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Alan W. Lowe was despatched with other fighters from the 353FG to provide escort to a formation of B-26s from 9th Air Force. While flying at...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2015 20:44:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:20 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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