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VIII Fighter Command FO - 19 FIGHTER SWEEP

15 May 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

116 P-47s are despatched as part of the coordinated plan to direct strategic bombing of harbour facilities at Wilhemshaven and Emden, Germany. 1 P-47 is abandoned because of engine trouble. The pilot was seen in his dingy and a flight of 16 P-47s were despatched on an ASR search, but the pilot was not found. The fighters claim only 2 enemy fighters damaged.

Mission details

1. AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

116 P-47s are despatched on a high altitude sweep of the Amsterdam/Rotterdam area prior to the bombing raids.

Units

  • 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. 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 116
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1

2. ENGLISH CHANNEL

Description

AIR-SEA RESCUE

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Despatched during the day on Air Sea Rescue (ASR) searches.

Units

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 21:14:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Jan-2015. Corrected typo in description.

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 21:13:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Jan-2015. DEscription based on "The Mighty Eighth 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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