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VIII Fighter Command FO-88 BOMBER ESCORT

31 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

A combined force of 128 P-47 from "4FG; 56FG; and 78FG are despatched to ecsort 24 B-26s from 387BG that are flying a diversion (VIII ASC 11E) for VIII ASC 11A-11D.

Mission details

1. DUNKIRK

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter escort for 387th Bomb Group diversion to Dunkirk.

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 128
Number of aircraft Effective 128

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 20:54:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-May-2015. Added Mission Statistics of number of AC despatched per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 20:52:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-May-2015. Edited Title and 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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