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VIII Fighter Command FO - 10 FIGHTER SWEEP

4 May 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 117 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG to perform a sweep along the Belgium coast in support of the bomber mission. 1 P-47 is lost due to engine failure. The pilot is seen to bale out over the sea, but his parachute fails to open and he is killed.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


Number despatched by each Fighter Group not recorded in available data. One P-47 from 4th Fighter Group lost with engine failure in the sea, pilot 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 117
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1



  • 41-6196

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6196 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. Assigned to pilot Capt Alexander Rafalovitch. Lt John F "Pappy" Lutz lost in this a/c 4 May 43 when he bailed out over the North Sea due to engine trouble but at too low an altitude for...


Date Contributor Update
31 December 2014 19:51:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 31-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A, Freeman ans "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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'.