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VIII Fighter Command FO - 07 RODEO 211

29 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 112 P-47s are despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to arry out high altitude sweeps of the Pas-de-Calaise/Hague area in support of RAF Rodeo 211. This is the first time that fighters from 56FG have encountered enemy fighters. 56FG has two aircraft MIA.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Number despatched by each fighter group not in available data. Despatched to support Rodeo 211 This is the 56th Fighter Group's first encounter with enemy fighters, they lose two aircraft and pilots Missing in Action (MIA).


  • 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 112



  • John McClure

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    29 April 1943 shot down in P-47C 41-6394 near Breskens, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). No MACR issued.


  • 41-6394 Lonesome Polecat

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 56FG/62FS at Horsham St. Faith, UK. 9-Apr-43 Shot down by enemy aircraft near Prove, Zeeland, Holland with Pilot CPT John C. McClure. POW No MACR issued.


Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 22:15:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 22:13:40 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'.