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VIII Fighter Command FO - 44

13 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A force of 96 P-47s is depatched from 4FG and 56FG to make a fighter sweep over the Gravelines/Baileul/Knokke area. The Germans are beginning to oppose these sweeps and send up fighters to engage. None of the American fighters are lost and the group claims 3-0-2 of the enemy fighters.

Mission details

1. GRAVELINES / BAILLEUL / KNOKKE

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep of Gravelines/Baileul/Knokke area finally gets some action and 56th Fighter Group records 3 kills.

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 17:58:08 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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