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VIII Fighter Command FO-147 BOMBER ESCORT

27 September 1943

Official description

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A combined force of 262 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 352FG; 353FG; and 355FG are despached to escort the bomber formations attacking Emden, Germany. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA and one crashlanded upon return at RAF Ludham when it ran out of fuel. 1RTD. One other was damaged. The fighters claim 21-2-6 of attacking German fighters.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter escort for raid on Emden, Germany. 56th Fighter Group loses one aircraft Missing in Action (MIA) - pilot Missing in Action (MIA). 353rd Fighter Group has one aircraft crash-land on return - pilotReturned To Duty (RTD). First use of the new 108 gallon drop tanks on the P-47.


  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter 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...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 262
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 21
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 6



  • Harry Dugas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 27-Sep-43 in P-47C 41-6199 while providing withdrawl support to B-17 formations that had attacked at Emden, Germany. His flight encountered German fighters as part of a seek-and-destroy operation and he was shot down with the...


  • 41-6199

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-2-RE 41-6199 was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 27-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Harry P. Dugas, was despatched to provide withdrawl support for B-17 formations retunring from attacking Emden, Germany. The aircraft was...


Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 16:57:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-2015. Added figther calims on enemy aircraft per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2015 16:56:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 30-Jun-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'.