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VIII Fighter Command FO 241 BOMBER ESCORT

12 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 125 fighters of types: P-47 and P-51 provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Siracourt, France. The despatch includes 84 P-47s from 4FG and IX Fighter Coommand 362FG. There are no losses or claims in this force.

41 P-51s from 357FG make fighter sweeps ahead of the bombers. There are no losses or claims in this force.

Mission details

1. ST. POL/SIRACOURT

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

A mix of 84 P-47s from (VIII Fighter Command) and 362nd Fighter Group (IX Fighter Command) provide escort (mix not detailed in available data.) P-47s provide escort to the bombers while the P-51s perform a sweep of the area. No fighter claims on enemy aircraft.

Units

  • 362nd Fighter Group

    362nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...

  • 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 84

2. ST. POL/SIRACOURT

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-51 Mustang

Notes

No fighter claims on enemy aircraft.

Units

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 41

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:02:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Made connection to IX Fighter Command 362FG P-47 Mission event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 18:59:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "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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