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VIII Fighter Command FO-74 BOMBER ESCORT

17 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 126 P-47s from 4FG, 56FG, and 78FG are dispatched to escort the bomber formations heading for Hannover and Hamburg, Germany on VIII Bomber Command mission # 74. However, most of the flights are recalled along with the bombers because of weather. Only those fighters assigned to escort 385BG and 388BG complete the assignment. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighters split up with intent to escort all bomber elements, but only the 385th Bomb Group and 388th Bomb Group get the escort, the rest are recalled.


  • 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 126


Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 18:16:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added Mission 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'.