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A combined force of 88 P-47s from: 56FG; and 353FG are dispatched on a divisionary sweep in support of bombers. The citation of this mission in Roger A. Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" is not clear on which bombers were supported with this sweep as there are no citations of any bomber mission being flown by VIII Bomber Command on this date. No records could be found to establish that any RAF bomber mission was conducted on this date. So, assuming that Freeman is correct in citing that a fighter mission was flown on this date, it may have simply been a fighter sweep rather than a bomber support mission. There are no losses or claims.
Diversion in support of RAF bombers.
The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...
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