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VIII Fighter Command FO-195 FIGHTER/BOMBER MISSION

4 December 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A force of 140 P-47s is despatched from: 56FG; 352FG; and 353FG. 16 P-47s from 353FG dive-bomb the German arifield of Glize-Rijen, Holland. P-47 of 352FG perform a fighter sweep ahead of the attacking force. P-47s from 353FG and 56FG provide escort. The fighters claim 3-0-0 of German aircraft in the air. No information found to describe German aircraft destroyed at the airfield. There are no losses.

Mission details

1. GILZE-RIJEN

Description

DIVE-BOMB ATTACK

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

16 P-47s of 353rd Fighter Group dive-bomb Gilze-Rijen Airfield in Belgium while other 353rd Fighter Group and 56th Fighter Group aircraft provide escort. Amount of bombs used not in available record. 352nd Fighter Group carries out a fighter sweep.

Units

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent 140
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 19:42:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added claims on enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 18:52:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:20 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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