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VIII Fighter Command FO-91 BOMBER ESCORT

2 August 1943

Official description

Not yet known


A combined force of 128 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; and 78FG are despatched to provide escort to 13 B-26s from 387BG that are flying a diversion for the B-26s attacking Merville, France (VIII ASC Mission 12A) and St. Omer/Ft Rouge, France (VIII ASC Mission 12B) and the airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland (VIII ASC 13A). The bombers from 387BG are recalled and the fighters were also cancelled.

Mission details




Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt


128 P-47s provided escort for B-26 diversionary force (VIII ASC 13A). Sweep after escort was cancelled.


  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

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  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

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  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

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Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 128


Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 22:05:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunnningham 13-May-2015. Edited Mission Notes based on "The Mighty EIghth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 22:03:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 13-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'.