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VIII Fighter Command FO-105 BOMBER ESCORT

16 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 180 P-47s (all with belly tanks) are despatched from : 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG to escort VIII Bomber Command mission #83 attacking German airfields in France at Paris (Le Bourget), Poix and Abbeville. 3 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) and 2 are declared to be Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) upon return - 1KIA 1POW 1EVD 2RTD.

NOTE: Roger A. Freeman in "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" cites a single loss from 353FG for this operation. Stan Bishop in "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" has the aircraft listed as P-47D-5-RE 42-8494 with no MACR issued. In cross-checking this tail number against the Fold3.com MACR database it was discovered that 42-8494 353BG/352BS was actually lost on 15-Sep-43 per MACR 625 (image #28599086) So, it appears that the Bishop citation is in error. In researching this loss on the littlefriends.co.uk under the pilot's name (which Bishop DOES have correct as "Lt Col Joseph A. Morris"), Peter Randall has this aircraft identified as 42-7990 which was confirmed by Mr. Cunningham with Mr. Randall in a Skype contact. No MACR was found for this loss.

Mission details

1. LE BOURGET / POIX / ABBEVILLE

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Escort for the raid on Le Bourget, Poix and Abbeville.

Units

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    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

    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

    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

Tonnage dropped Not Applicable
Number of aircraft Sent 180
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 2

Service

People

  • Raymond Care

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Captain Raymond Clare was from Angola, Indiana, and had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before the United States' entry into the war. He arrived in England in March 1942 and was assigned to No. 71 Eagle Squadron of Americans in the RAF...

  • Joseph Matthews

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Pilot Spitfire/P-47 Thunderbolt Joined RAF, assigned to 133 Sqn RAF, 42 to 10/42. transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF. Shot down in P-47 #42-7949 during show escorting B-17’s to Paris area, 16-8-43. Not seen to go down, crashed near St. Denis....

  • Henry Mills

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Major Mills 'Hank' was born in New York City on 18 October 1917. His various civilian accomplishments were playing varsity football while attending Dartmouth college and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as graduating in 1939. He then went to...

  • Joseph Morris

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) during air combat in P-47D (42-7990), last seen in pursuit of Fw190 northwest of Paris on 16 August 1943. ...

  • Lloyd Thornell

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea on during a support mission to Wilhelmshaven in P-47D #42-75135. Earlier, Aug 16, 1943 on returning from a Ramrod mission to France landed wheels up at first field sighted out of gas in P47 42-8372 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-8765

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Correct serial number of this P-47 was 42-7865. MACR 266 mentions 42-8765, but this is obviously a typo as this serial was allocated to a P-39.

  • 42-7949

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Shot down in combat with Fw-190's during show escorting B-17’s to Paris area, 16-8-43. Not seen to go down, crashed near St. Denis. Pilot Lt Joseph G Matthews baled out, evaded EVD and escaped via the Pyrenees and into Spain, returned to duty RTD...

  • 41-6574 'Miss San Carlos'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    16-8-43 Destroyed 2 x Fw190's and damaged another over Paris

  • 42-7990

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Shot down in air combat with German Fw190 fighters of JG 2 on 16 August 1943.

  • 42-7908

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Destroyed in crash landing at Thrift Farm, Herongate, Essex while returning from bomber escort mission on 14 Oct 1943. Pilot Lt. Robert C. Peters killed.

  • 42-8372

    P-47 Thunderbolt

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2015 20:31:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and notes based on personal discussion with Peter Randall : littlefriends.co.uk.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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'.

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