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VIII Fighter Command Field Order 03 - RODEO 204

15 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined fighter force of 59 P-47s despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG participate in RAF Rodeo 204, a sweep of the Furnes/St.Omer area of France. Number contributed by each Fighter Group was not recorded in the source data. 4FG has 3 aircraft MIA, but one of the pilots bales out into the English Channel and is recuded by ASR. The fighter force claims 3-0-1 on enemy aircraft.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Fighter sweep in Furnes/St. Omer, France vicinity. Participation of each Fighter Group not broken out in available data. All Missing in Action (MIA) aircraft and personnel from 4th Fighter Group, one Missing in Action (MIA) pilot rescued from the sea.


  • 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 36
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 1



  • Richard McMinn

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, transferred to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, ...


Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 19:11:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Correction of typo in description.

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 19:09:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 30-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 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'.