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VIII Fighter Command FO 242 BOMBER ESCORT

13 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 232 fighters of types: P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission summary follows:

A combined force of 189 P-47s from 78FG 352FG; 353FG and 356FG provide escort. There are no losses in this element, but 4 aircraft are damaged. The fighters in this element claim 0-1-4 of attacking German aircraft. The fighters in this element also claim 0-0-4 on the ground.

A force of 43 P-51s from 357FG provide escort. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) when the aircraft sustained an engine failure over the Norht Sea. The pilot was rescued by ASR and RTD. There were no claims on enemy aircraft made by this figther element.

Mission details

1. PAS DE CALAIS

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Not yet known

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...

  • 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...

  • 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 189
Number of aircraft Damaged 4

2. PAS DE CALAIS

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-51 Mustang

Notes

Not yet known

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 43
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

Service

People

  • John Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2016 21:23:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", 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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