VIII Fighter Command FO - 57 BOMBER ESCORT

26 June 1943


A combined force of 130 P-47s is deptached from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to provide escort for the heavy bomber formation despatched to Villacoublay, France. The formation tangles with German fighters and the 56FG loses 4 P-47 to direct cause by enemy aircraft and a 5th is so damaged that the pilot abandoned the aircraft over the North Sea near Great Yarmouth and is recued by ASR. The Americans claim 3-3-2 of the enemy fighters.

Mission Details


Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes: 56th Fighter Group gets mauled losing 5 aircraft and 4 pilots (one aircraft came down in the sea off Scratby, pilot rescued).

Mission Statistics

  • People killed in action: 4
  • People returned to duty: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 130
  • Aircraft missing in action: 5
  • Aircraft damaged: 1


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885185
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot, Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16004248 at enlistment, then O-429058
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot; Operations Officer


Date8 Jan 2015 19:13:37
ChangesChanges to name and description

Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2015. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "The Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:21
ChangesAAM ingest

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'.