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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.
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.
The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...
Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...
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