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VIII Fighter Command FO - 43 FIGHTER SWEEP

12 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined formation of 96 P-47s is depatched from 4FG and 56FG to fly high altitude sweeps over the Blankenberghe/Calaise area. Enemy fighters are encountered and 1 is shot down. No losses on the American formation.

Mission details

1. BLANKENBERGE / DUNKIRK

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

High altitude fighter sweep of Blankenburghe/Dunkirk are. 56th Fighter Group scores one kill.

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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 96

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2015 17:24:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-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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