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VIII Fighter Command FO - 23 FIGHTER SWEEPS

18 May 1943

Official description

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A combined force of 100 P-47s are despatched on fighter sweeps of the Knokke/Blankenberge/Nieuport area. A German fighter patrol is encountered. 1 P-47 is MIA. 4th FG claims 2-0-0 on the Luftwaffe, but only 1 kill is officially credited.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter sweep of Knokke/Blankenberghe/Nieuport area. One P-47 from 4th Fighter Group shot down into the sea, pilot Missing in Action (MIA).


  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

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Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 100
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1



  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...


  • 41-6405 OLD RED ASS

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C 41-6405 4FG/334FS crashed into the sea while on a fighter sweep in the Knocke-Blankenberge area of Belgium. Cause unknown as no MACR was issued. Pilot MIA.

  • 41-6404 'Ill Wind?' 'Old Red Ass'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt P47C-5-RE 41-6405 'Old Red Ass' assigned to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, pilot Lt Nicholas Megura. Re-assigned to Raymond C 'Bud' Care. ...


Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 17:42:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 4-Jan-2015. DEscription based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:20 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'.