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8th Air Force 224 FIGHTER-BOMBER

15 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 95 P-47s from 4FG and 356FG are despatched on a fighter-bomber operation to attack German airfields in France, but the operation is recalled. However, 34 aircraft manage to bomb the German airfield at Coxyde, France. There are no losses or claims in this force, but 1 aircraft is damaged by ground fire.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


95 P-47s are despatched to hit two airfields in France but are recalled due to weather. Upon return 356th Fighter Group sighted airfield believed to be Coxyde and 34 aircraft dropped 6.5 tons of bombs on it.


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  • 4th Fighter Group

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 8.50
Number of aircraft Sent 95
Number of aircraft Damaged 1




Date Contributor Update
08 February 2016 22:06:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 AAM AAM 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'.