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8th Air Force Field Order 318D

28 April 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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Mission details

1. CHATEAUDUN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

49 of 53 P-38s from 8th Air Force 55th Fighter Group attack this airfield, 4 provide escort. They are joined by 32 of 36 P-47 from 8th Air Force 353rd Fighter Group in the attack. 4 P-47 serve as escorts. Claims are all on the ground.

Units

  • 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...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 24.5 T HE 15.8 T HE

2. MARQUISE/MIMOYECQUES

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

50 P-47s from 361st Fighter Group provide escort.

Units

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped NA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 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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