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VIII Fighter Command FO - 26 SWEEP & PATROL

21 May 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The main operation for the fighter groups today is a sweep of the Ostend/Ghent coastal area by a combined force of 105 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG. 3 P-47s are MIA but 2 are due to a mid-air collision, 2 pilots KIA; and 1 loss due to abandonedment of the aircraft over the North Sea due to enemy fighter attack, pilot rescued by taken POW. Claims are 0-0-1 on enemy aircraft.

In other operations, 6 P-47s are despatched on coastal patrol.

Mission details

1. ENGLISH COAST

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Defensive patrol along English coast.

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 6

2. OSTEND / GHENT

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep over Ostend/Ghent area 4th Fighter Group loses 3 aircraft, pilots Missing in Action (MIA)

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 105
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 1

Service

People

  • William Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, ...

  • Spiros Pisanos

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Steve was born in Athens, Greece, in November 1919. Although he desperately wanted to fly, at the age of 18 he discovered that he did not have the academic qualifications required to enter the Greek Air Force Academy. Undaunted, he decided to go to...

  • Gordon Whitlow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 Eagle squadron 1941, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 14-9-1942. Promoted 1st Lt. Last seen following enemy aircraft inland...

Aircraft

  • 41-6406

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6406 QP-H 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF, assigned pilot Lt G H Whitlow. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 20:06:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Jan-2014. Added 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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