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VIII Fighter Command FO - 46 BOMBER ESCORT

15 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known


An unknown number of P-47s from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG are scheduled to provide escort for the B-17 formation headed to France, but the escort is cancelled even before the entire formation is airborne because the bomber mission was recalled. One P-47 from 4FG is MIA and is ditched into the English Channel due to a mechanical malfunction. The pilot is rescued.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


A P-47 force was in the process of being despatched to escort the bombers headed for France. One P-47 from 4th Fighter Group crashed into the English Channel after a malfunction. Pilot rescued


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Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 44
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2015 18:26:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2015. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:21 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'.