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VIII Fighter Squadron FO-132 BOMBER ESCORT

15 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

201 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; and 353FG are despatched to provide escort for the B-17 formations attcking targets at Romilly-sur-Seine and Paris, France. The fighters claim 0-0-1 of attacking German fighters. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 1RTD (rescued by ASR).

Mission details

1. ROMILLY SUR SEINE / PARIS

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter escort for B-17s on Romilly and Paris targets. 353rd Fighter Group reports two Missing in Action (MIA), one pilot Killed in Action (KIA), the other actually crashed at Week St. Mary but pilot bailed out OK.

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...

  • 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. 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 201
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

Service

People

  • Walter Donovan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 15-Sep-43 in P-47D 42-8494, 353FG/352FS. 2LT Donovan had been despatched on a bomber escort mission of B-17s attacking at Romilly-sur-Seine and Paris, France. The fighters were operating at their maximum range and were...

  • Robert Durlin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    On 15-Sep-43 in P-47D 42-8420, 353FG/352BS CPT Robert C. Durling was forced to abandond the aircraft over Truro, UK when the aircraft ran our of fuel and crashed in a potato field of Week Orchard Farm, two miles west of Bude, Cronwall, WK. He was...

Aircraft

  • 42-8494

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-5-RE was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK. On 15-Sep-43, the aircraft, with Pilot 2LT Walter J. Donovan, was despatched on bomber escort. The bomber mission to Romilly-sur-Seine and Paris, France was flown in the late afternoon. The...

  • 42-8420

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-27D-5-RE was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield. The aircraft, piloted by CPT Robert C. Durlin, was despatched on bomber escort for B-17s attacking at Romilly-sur-Seine and Paris, France. The fighters were operating at their maximum range and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 17:12:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added fighter claims on enemy aircraft to statistics based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 17:11:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Mission Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:21 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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