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VIII Fighter Command FO-83 BOMBER ESCORT

28 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 123 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; and 78FG are despathed to escort the VIII Bomber Command mission #78 against Kassel and Oschersleben, Germany. The escort encounters approximately 45 German fighters attacking the bomber stream. These P-47s are equipped with bellh tanks that give the fighters and additional 30-mile range. 4FG becomes the first 8th AF fighter group to penetrate German airspace. The fighters claim 9-1-6 of the German fighters.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


105 of the P-47s are fitted with belly tanks which provide an additional 30 miles of action radius. 4th Fighter Group engages approximately 45 enemy fighters attacking the bombers over Holland.


  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter 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

    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

    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 123
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 6



  • Henry Ayres

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF Shot down by fighters on 28 Jul 43 in P-47 41-6238 near Gouda, Holland. Ayres was injured and taken to hospital. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Nance

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW


Date Contributor Update
09 May 2015 19:12:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunningham 9-May-2015. Added claims against enemy fighters to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2015 19:10:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 9-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

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'.