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  1. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    01 April 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 14 Spitfires on a patrol for enemy shipping. This is the last time that VIII Fighter Command will use Spitfires in the fighter role. American pilots have flown 2,667 sorties in the Spitfire with losses of 17 aircraft and 13...

  2. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    03 April 1943
    13th Photographic Reconnaisance Squadron despatches 3 F-5's to conduct photo recce along the French coast.

  3. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    04 April 1943
    13th Photographic Rreconnaisance Squadron despatches 3 F-5's to gather photographic images of potential targets in Belgium and northern France. 1 F-5 is reported MIA near Antwerp, Belgium.

  4. VIII Bomber Command 49

    VIII Bomber Command 49

    04 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  5. VIII Bomber Command 50

    VIII Bomber Command 50

    05 April 1943
    The industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is the primary target of this mission. More specifically the Erla aircraft and engine factories are the highest priority. 79 B-17s are depatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (21); 305BG (18); 306BG (20). 64 of the 79 are...

  6. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    08 April 1943
    7th Photo Reconnaissance Group (PRG)/13th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS) despatches 1 F-5 over parts of NW France to gather intelligence on German dispositions.

  7. VIII Fighter Command P-47 RODEO

    VIII Fighter Command P-47 RODEO

    08 April 1943
    23 P-47s fly a Rodeo (offensive fighter sweep over enemy territory) between Dunkirk, France and Sangatte, France. 4FG (7); 56FG (4); and 78FG (12). There are no losses or claims. While the 4FG has been flying operations since 2-Oct-43, this is the...

  8. VIII Fighter Command OFFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command OFFENSIVE PATROL

    10 April 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 1 P-47 on an offensive patrol.

  9. VIII Fighter Command RODEO 200

    VIII Fighter Command RODEO 200

    11 April 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 P-47s on a Rodeo to Calaise, France. Targets of opportunity bot determined. No losses or claims.

  10. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    12 April 1943
    7PRG/13th PRS despatches 1 F-5 on a photo reconnaissance mission over the NW coast of France.

  11. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    13 April 1943
    7PRG/13th PRS despacthes 4 F-5s on photo reconnaissance sorties over NW French coast.

  12. VIII Fighter Command Field Order 01 - RAMROD 50.

    VIII Fighter Command Field Order 01 - RAMROD 50.

    13 April 1943
    A combined force of 36 P-47s are depatched on a diversion for RAF Ramrod 50. A "Ramrod" is a short range (medium) bomber mission against ground targets. 4FG (20); 56FG (4); 78FG (12). Even though 78FG had participated in a Rodeo on 8-Apr-43, this...

  13. VIII Fighter Command Field Order 02 - RODEO 202

    VIII Fighter Command Field Order 02 - RODEO 202

    13 April 1943
    40 P-47s are despatched to participate in RAF Rodeo 202. A "Rodeo" is a fighter sweep over enemy territory. 4FG (24); 56FG (4); and 78FG (12). This is officially recorded as the first combat mission for 56FG. 1 P-47 from 56FG sustaines an engine...

  14. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    15 April 1943
    7PRG/13th PRS despatches 4 F-5s on photo reconnaissance sorties over the coast of NW. France.

  15. VIII Fighter Command Field Order 03 - RODEO 204

    VIII Fighter Command Field Order 03 - RODEO 204

    15 April 1943
    A combined fighter force of 59 P-47s despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG participate in RAF Rodeo 204, a sweep of the Furnes/St.Omer area of France. Number contributed by each Fighter Group was not recorded in the source data. 4FG has 3 aircraft MIA,...

  16. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    16 April 1943
    VIII Bomber Command is becoming discouraged with the effort to destroy the U-Boat pens on the French Atlantic coast. An order is directed to 7th Photo Reece Group/13th Photo Recce Squadron to send an F-5 to photograph damage and current state of the U...

  17. VIII Bomber Command 51

    VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  18. VIII Fighter Command FO-04

    VIII Fighter Command FO-04

    17 April 1943
    Two fighter operations are conducted on this date: a combined force of 81 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to perform sweeps in the Blankenburge/Bruges/Flushing area in support of RAF Rodeo 205. There are no losses or claims; 59 P-47s are...

  19. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    17 April 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 1 F-5 on a damage assessment sortie to Lorient to photograph bombing effectiveness of the 16-Apr-43 raid and surrent state of the U-Boat facilities.

  20. VIII Bomber Command 52

    VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  21. VIII Fighter Command FO-05 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO-05 FIGHTER SWEEP

    18 April 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 16 P-47s to perform a fighter sweep of the Nieuport/Dunkirk/Hazebrouck/Sangatte area. There are no losses or claims. The hope of VIII Bomber and Fighter Commands is that the Germans will send up their fighters to take on...

  22. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    20 April 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 4 F-5s on photo recce sorties over NW France.

  23. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    21 April 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 1 F-5 on a photo recce sortie over NW France.

  24. VIII Fighter Command FO - 06 SWEEPS

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 06 SWEEPS

    21 April 1943
    A combined force of 82 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG & 78FG fly high altitude sweeps over the Westhoofd/Noordwijk/The Hague area. No losses or claims. These operations are not drawing up the Luftwaffe.

  25. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    28 April 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 2 F-5s on photo recce sorties to NW France.

  26. VIII Fighter Command FO - 07 RODEO 211

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 07 RODEO 211

    29 April 1943
    A combined force of 112 P-47s are despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to arry out high altitude sweeps of the Pas-de-Calaise/Hague area in support of RAF Rodeo 211. This is the first time that fighters from 56FG have encountered enemy fighters. 56FG has...

  27. VIII Bomber Command 53

    VIII Bomber Command 53

    01 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

  28. VIII Fighter Command FO - 08 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 08 FIGHTER SWEEP

    03 May 1943
    A combined force of 118 P-47s are despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to make a fighter sweep of the Walcheren Island/Knokke/Ostend/Nieuport area. No enemy aircraft are sighted and there are no losses of claims. The Luftwaffe is simply not taking the bait.

  29. COMMAND LOSS - ACCIDENT

    COMMAND LOSS - ACCIDENT

    03 May 1943
    B-24D 41-23728 "Hot Stuff" 93BG/330BS is despatched from Bovington with 15 persons aboard to fly Lt Gen Frank M. Andrews, his Chief of Staff Brig Gen Charles H. Barth, Jr., and other high ranking officers of his staff to the United States so that Lt....

  30. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    04 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 3 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance over NW France.

  31. VIII Bomber Command 54

    VIII Bomber Command 54

    04 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  32. VIII Fighter Command FO - 10 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 10 FIGHTER SWEEP

    04 May 1943
    A combined force of 117 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to perform a sweep along the Belgium coast in support of the bomber mission. 1 P-47 is lost due to engine failure. The pilot is seen to bale out over the sea, but his parachute fails...

  33. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    07 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 2 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties over NW France.

  34. VIII Fighter Command FO - 12 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 12 FIGHTER SWEEP

    07 May 1943
    A combined force of 140 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to make a sweep over the Flushing/Ostend/Knokke area. No losses or claims.

  35. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    11 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 5 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties over the English Channel coast of France.

  36. VIII Fighter Command FO - 16 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 16 FIGHTER SWEEP

    11 May 1943
    A combined force of 128 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG is assembled with the intent of performing a sweep over the Dunkirk/Knokke area but the mission is cancelled because of bad weather.

  37. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    13 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 2 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties over NW France.

  38. VIII Bomber Command 55

    VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  39. VIII Fighter Command FO - 17 BOMBER SUPPORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 17 BOMBER SUPPORT

    13 May 1943
    A combined force of 124 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG in support of the 1st Bomb Wing formation attacking the aircraft factories at Meault, France. These aircraft did not escort the bombers in the traditional sense, but provided sweeps of...

  40. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    14 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 8 F-5s on photographic reconnaissnace over France.

  41. VIII Bomber Command 56

    VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  42. VIII Fighter Command FO - 18 BOMBER SUPPORT

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 18 BOMBER SUPPORT

    14 May 1943
    A combined force of 118 P-47 is despatched by 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to provide support for the B-17 formation attacking at Antwerp, Belgium.

  43. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    15 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 2 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties over NW France.

  44. VIII Fighter Command FO - 19 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 19 FIGHTER SWEEP

    15 May 1943
    116 P-47s are despatched as part of the coordinated plan to direct strategic bombing of harbour facilities at Wilhemshaven and Emden, Germany. 1 P-47 is abandoned because of engine trouble. The pilot was seen in his dingy and a flight of 16 P-47s were...

  45. VIII Bomber Command 57

    VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  46. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    16 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 5 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties around the Paris, France area. 1 F-5 is MIA.

  47. VIII Fighter Command FO - 20

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 20

    16 May 1943
    VIII Fighter Command launches two fighter sweeps: The first is a despatch of 114 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG on a sweep of the Walcheren/Bruges/Dunkirk area. This sweep attrackes some Luftwaffe attention. 1 P-47 comes down in the North Sea, but is...

  48. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    17 May 1943
    7PRG/13PRS despatches 6 F-5s on photographic reconnaissance sorties over France.

  49. VIII Fighter Command FO - 22 FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FO - 22 FIGHTER SWEEP

    17 May 1943
    A combined force of 113 P-47s are despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG on a fighter sweep of the Brest/Cherbourg, France area. No losses, claims or encounters.

  50. VIII Bomber Command 58

    VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...