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VIII Fighter Command FO - 40 FIGHTER SWEEP

10 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 92 P-47s ia despatched to make a sweep over the Dutch islands in support of an RAF mission of 6 Mitchell bombers.

Mission details

1. DUTCH ISLANDS

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep of the Dutch Islands in conjunction with a mission of 6 RAF Mitchell bombers.

Units

  • 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 92

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2015 17:25:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Jan-2015. Descrption 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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