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VIII Fighter Command FO - 20

16 May 1943

Official description

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Description

VIII Fighter Command launches two fighter sweeps: The first is a despatch of 114 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG on a sweep of the Walcheren/Bruges/Dunkirk area. This sweep attrackes some Luftwaffe attention. 1 P-47 comes down in the North Sea, but is rescued by a German destroyer and taken POW. However, the fighters claim 2-2-3 on the Luftwaffe; the second operation is a despatch of 113 P-47 from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG launched as a diversion in the Cayeux/Abbeville/Gravelines area of France. No losses or claims.

Mission details

1. CAYEUX / ABBEVILLE / GRAVELINES

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Diversionary fighter sweep over Cayeux/Abbeville/Gravelines area.

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 113

2. WALCHEREN / BRUGES / DUNKIRK

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep of Walsheren/Bruges/Dunkirk area. 78th Fighter Group loses one P-47

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 114
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 21:27:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to name, date 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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