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VIII Fighter Command FO-104 BOMBER ESCORT

15 August 1943

Official description

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A combined force of 187 P-47s from : 4FG, 56FG, 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the bomber fomrations ov VIII Bomber Command mission #82 in thiser attacks on German airfields in Holland and France. 56FG arrived 30 minutes too early and were faced to abandond the escort because of fuel constraints. One P-47 from 78FG makes a crash landing at Duxford upon return destroying the aircraft and killing the pilot.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


56th Fighter Group were 30 minutes early at the rendezvous and were not able to support the bombers. One 78th Fighter Group P-47 crash-landed at Duxford, UK pilot killed


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Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 187
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1



  • 42-7952

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 78th Fighter Group/83 Fighter Squadron at Duxford. Destroyed on 15-Aug-43 when the pilot attempted to make a "victory roll" over the main runway at Duxford upon return from a bomber mission escort that day.


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2015 21:49:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 16-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 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'.