VIII Fighter Command FO-147 BOMBER ESCORT

27 September 1943


A combined force of 262 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; and 355FG are despached to escort the bomber formations attacking Emden, Germany. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA and one crashlanded upon return at RAF Ludham when it ran out of fuel. 1RTD. One other was damaged. The fighters claim 21-2-6 of attacking German fighters.

Mission Details



Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes: Fighter escort for raid on Emden, Germany. 56th Fighter Group loses one aircraft Missing in Action (MIA) - pilot Missing in Action (MIA). 353rd Fighter Group has one aircraft crash-land on return - pilotReturned To Duty (RTD). First use of the new 108 gallon drop tanks on the P-47.

Mission Statistics

  • People killed in action: 1
  • People returned to duty: 1
  • Enemy aircraft destroyed by fighter: 21
  • Enemy aircraft probably destroyed by fighter: 2
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by fighter: 6
  • Aircraft sent: 262
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group
  • Service Numbers: O-659279
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron


Date30 Jun 2015 16:57:36

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added figther calims on enemy aircraft per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date30 Jun 2015 16:56:21

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:19

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'.