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VIII Fighter Command FO - 57 BOMBER ESCORT

26 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 130 P-47s is deptached from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to provide escort for the heavy bomber formation despatched to Villacoublay, France. The formation tangles with German fighters and the 56FG loses 4 P-47 to direct cause by enemy aircraft and a 5th is so damaged that the pilot abandoned the aircraft over the North Sea near Great Yarmouth and is recued by ASR. The Americans claim 3-3-2 of the enemy fighters.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


56th Fighter Group gets mauled losing 5 aircraft and 4 pilots (one aircraft came down in the sea off Scratby, pilot rescued).


  • 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 130
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 5
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Returned To Duty 1



  • Raymond Care

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Captain Raymond Clare was from Angola, Indiana, and had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States' entry into the war. He arrived in England in March 1942 and was assigned to No. 71 Eagle Squadron of Americans in the RAF...

  • Merle Eby

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot; Operations Officer | 56th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26 June 43 in P-47 (Serial ?)


Date Contributor Update
08 January 2015 19:13:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2015. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "The Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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'.