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VIII Fighter Command FO-85 FIGHTER SWEEPS

29 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

118 P-47s form 4FG; 56FG; and 78FG are despatched to fly fighter sweeps over Belgium and Holland. 1 P-47 from 56FG Failed to Return (FTR), the pilot is taken POW. The fighters claim 0-1-0 on enemy aircraft.

Mission details

1. BELGIAN COAST / DUTCH COAST

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep of Belgium and Holland coasts. One 56th Fighter Group Missing in Action (MIA) pilot last seen in Channel.

Units

  • 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

Number of aircraft Sent 118
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:49:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added claims agains enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman. POW status confirmed from National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:47:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:21 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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