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VIII Fighter Command FO-180 BOMBER ESCORT

13 November 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) and 5 are damaged. This fighter element claims 7-3-5 of attacking German fighters.

The second element is composed of 345 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; 325FG; 353FG; 355FG; and 356FG. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 1EVD. 1 aircraft crashlanded at Bungay, UK and was declared Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) 1RTD. The fighters in this element claim 3-0-1 of attacking German fighters.

Mission details

1. BREMEN

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

P-38s escorted all the way to the target and back.

Units

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 45
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 7
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Prisoners of War 3
Number of people Returned To Duty 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 7
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 5

2. BREMEN

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter escort for raid on Bremen, Germany. Severe winds limited the range of the P-47.

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...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 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 345
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 2
Number of people Missing In Action 3
Number of people Returned To Duty 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

Service

People

  • Charles Beall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67049, 55FG/336FS when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. He and the aircraft crashed near Frustenau, Germany. ...

  • Charles Dinse

    Military | First Lieutenant | 353rd Fighter Group

  • William Florentine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66732, 55FG/338FS he was despatched to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. His flight encountered German fighters attempting to attack the bombers over Holland and there was an engagement. His...

  • Lynn Goetzman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 13-Nov-43 as the pilot of P-38H 42-67073, 55FG/338FS he was last seen near Delmenhorst, Germany. His aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters but he was able to bale out anad was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). The aircraft...

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Thomas Hubbard attended the Ryan School of Aeronautics in San Diego, CA in 1937. He graduated, gaining a pilot’s license as well as an airplane and engine mechanics one in May 1938. After enlisting in the Air Corps at San Diego, CA on 25 June 1938, he...

  • Robert Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    On 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-66724, 55FG/338FS 2LT Jensen was despached with his FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his aircraft lost an engine and he had to leave the formation. ...

  • John Lanphier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action on 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D #42-8626 [YF:W] "Nuisance", 355FG/358FS when trying to make an emergency landing after hit by FW190 A-6 (Gerd Wiegand JG26 stab 4) just west of Lemelerveld, Holland while on a mission to provide escort to...

  • William Shank

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    05 JULY2018 ...

  • John Stacker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 55th Fighter Group
    Wingman 38th FS 55th FG. KIA on 4th mission Nov. 14, 1943 near Klein-Minnelag, Germany. P-38H #42-67059, MACR #1438. Best friend of Col Bud Anderson 357th FG ace.

  • Gene Stephens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67078, 55FG/338FS while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. He and his aircraft were shot down by German fighters near Holsten-Salzbergen, Germany.

Aircraft

  • 42-63988 'Birmingham Blitzkrieg'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, SN # 42-63988, named the 'Birmingham Blitzkrieg' was flown by Lt. Claude Alvin Turner on a mission to bomb Bremen, Germany, and was shot down by an FW-190 fighter over the North Sea with the loss of Lt. Turner, the airplane, and all of the...

  • 42-66724 Miss Margaret

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-1-LO 42-66724 was assigned to 55FG/338 FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the airfcraft, piloted by 2LT Robert N. Jensen, was despatched with others of the 55FG to provide escort to B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. On the penetration his...

  • 42-66727

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-66727 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT William W. Shank, was despatched along with other of the 55Fg to provide escort to B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. His...

  • 42-66732

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-66732 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-No-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT William C. Florentine, Jr. was despatched along with other P-38s from the 55FG to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The...

  • 42-67049

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67049 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Charles E. Beall, was despatched with oterh P-38s from 55 FG to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircaraft was attacked by...

  • 42-67059

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67059 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT John A. Stacker, was despatched with others from the 55FG to provide escort to bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The filight...

  • 42-67073

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67073 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Lynn R. Goetzman, was despatched along with other P-38s from 55FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The...

  • 42-67078

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67078 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43, the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Gene C. Stephens, was despatched along wiht other P-38s from the 55FG to provide escort to B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The...

  • 42-7944 Speed / Lil Jo

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-1-RE 42-7944 [WR:P] "Speed / Lil Jo", was assigned to 355FG/354FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 13 November 1943, the aircraft, piloted by LTC Thomas H. Hubbard, Group Headquarters, took off from Bungay and was despatched with other P-47s from the...

  • 42-8626 Nuisance

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-5-RE 42-8626 [YF:W] "Nuisance", was assigned to 355FG/358FS at Steeple Morden, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT John Lanphier, was attacked and shot down by German fighters over Dalfsen, Holland while on a mission to escort B-17...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 21:56:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Jul-2015. Added fighter claims on enemy aircaft to P-47 element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 21:54:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Jul-2015. Added fighter claims on enemy aircraft to p-38 element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 21:53:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-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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