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VIII Fighter Command FO-71 BOMBER ESCORT

14 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 128 P-47s from 4FG; 56FG; and 78FG provide escort for the Amiens/Glisy element of VIII Bomber Command Mission #73. 3 aircraft are lost: 4FG (1) - 1KIA; 78FG (2) - 1KIA 1WIA-RTD. Also, on this date a Spitfire IX, TN EM564 of 485 Squadron RNZAF flown by American airman Captain John R. Walker was shot down by enemy aircraft while supplying tope cover for the bomber stream over Evreux, France. 1KIA MACR 36.

Mission details

1. AMIENS

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighters escorted the Amiens raid only. 4th Fighter Group loses one and 78th Fighter Group loses 2. One battle damaged P-47 from 78th Fighter Group abandoned, pilot rescued. One SPIT IX from 67 Recon Group, 12th Recon Squadron was also lost.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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

    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 128
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 18:06:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added claims on enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 21:29:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-May-2015. Edited title and added Mission Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman; Spitfire loss from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE and MACR 36.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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'.

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