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VIII Fighter Command FO - 56 BOMBER ESCORT

25 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A force of 130 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to provide escort of the bombers headed for Hamburg. Because of the scattered formation of the bomber stream the fighters find it too difficult to provide adequate protection and return early. Thre are no losses or claims.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter support for the heavy bomber mission. Fighters returned early.


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    4th Fighter Group

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  • 56th Fighter Group

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  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not Applicable
Number of aircraft Sent 130


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2015 21:00:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 5-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'.