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VIII Fighter Command FO-99 FIGHTER SWEEP

12 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

27 P-47s from 353FG are despatched to perform a high altitude sweep over the Westhoffd/Eekloo/Ostend area of Belgium. This is the first Group despatch for the 353rd Fighter Group. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. WESTHOOFD / EEKLO / OSTEND

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

353rd Fighter Group first group mission.

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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 27

Service

People

  • Spiros Pisanos

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Steve was born in Athens, Greece, in November 1919. Although he desperately wanted to fly, at the age of 18 he discovered that he did not have the academic qualifications required to enter the Greek Air Force Academy. Undaunted, he decided to go to...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:39:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty EIghth War Dairy", 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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