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VIII Fighter Command FO-200 FIGHTER SWEEP

13 December 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This is the first combat mission for 359th Fighter Group. A force of 36 P-47s is despatched to fly a fighter sweep in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. No German aircarft are encountered and there are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. PAS DE CALAIS

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep of Pas-de-Calais area.

Units

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 20:46:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-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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