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|Details:||Trained for combat with P-47's. Moved to England in Nov 1943. Assigned to Ninth AF.
Flew first mission, escorting B-24's that attacked V-weapon launching sites near Pas de Calais, on 8 Feb 1944. Until Apr 1944, engaged chiefly in escorting bombers that struck factories, railroads, airfields, and other targets on the Continent. Repeatedly attacked communications in northern France and in Belgium during Apr and May, in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. Escorted C-47's that dropped paratroops over Normandy on 6 and 7 Jun. Afterward, engaged primarily in interdictory and close-support activities, flying strafing and dive-bombing missions designed to assist the operations of ground forces.
Moved to the Continent early in Jul 1944 and bombed enemy troops to aid the Allied breakthrough at St Lo later that month. Supported the subsequent advance of ground forces toward the Rhine by attacking railroads, trucks, bridges, power stations, fuel dumps, and other facilities.
Received a DUC for a mission against the harbor at Brest on 25 Aug 1944 when, in spite of heavy overcast and intense enemy fire, the group attacked at low altitude, hitting naval installations, cruisers, troop transports, merchant vessels, and other objectives. Bombed and strafed such targets as flak positions, armored vehicles, and troop concentrations during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945.
Received second DUC for action over the Moselle-Rhine River triangle: despite the intense antiaircraft fire encountered while flying armed reconnaissance in close cooperation with infantry forces in that area on 16 Mar 1945, the group hit enemy forces, equipment, and facilities, its targets including motor transports, armored vehicles, railroads, railway cars, and gun emplacements. Continued operations until 1 May 1945. Returned to the US Aug-Sep 1945. Trained with P-51's. Inactivated on 1 Aug 1946.
Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986
|Accident Reports:||Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 1|
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|1||February 10, 1944||8AF FC FO 239||Fighter support for 8AF 216||1|
|2||February 11, 1944||8AF FC FO 240||Fighter support for 8AF 218 (V-weapons)|
|3||February 12, 1944||8AF FC FO 241||Fighter support for 8AF 220|
|4||February 20, 1944||8AF FC FO 245||Fighter support for 8AF 226|
|5||February 21, 1944||8AF FC FO 246||Fighter support for 8AF 228|
|6||February 22, 1944||8AF FC FO 247||Fighter support for 8AF 230||1|
|7||February 24, 1944||8AF FC FO 250||Fighter support for 8AF 233|
|8||February 24, 1944||8AF FC FO 250||Fighter support for 8AF 233|
|9||February 25, 1944||8AF FC FO 251||Fighter support for 8AF 235|
|10||February 29, 1944||8AF FC FO 255||Fighter support for 8AF 240|
|11||March 02, 1944||8AF FC FO 257||Fighter support for 8AF 244 (Chartres)|
|12||March 02, 1944||8AF FC FO 257||Fighter support for 8AF 244 (Frankfurt)|
|13||March 03, 1944||8AF FC FO 259||Fighter support for 8AF 246|
|14||March 04, 1944||8AF FC FO 260||Fighter support for 8AF 247|
|15||March 06, 1944||8AF FC FO 262||Fighter support for 8AF 250||1|
|16||March 08, 1944||8AF FC FO 263||Fighter support for 8AF 252||1|
|17||March 09, 1944||8AF FC FO 264|
|18||March 15, 1944||8AF FC FO 269||Fighter support for 8AF 259|
|19||March 16, 1944||8AF FC FO 270||Fighter support for 8AF 262|
|20||March 18, 1944||8AF FC FO 273||Fighter support for 8AF 264|
|21||March 18, 1944||8AF FC FO 273||Fighter support for 8AF 264|
|22||March 22, 1944||8AF FC FO 277||Fighter support for 8AF 273|
|23||March 23, 1944||8AF FC FO 278||Fighter support for 8AF 275|
|24||March 24, 1944||8AF FC FO 279||Fighter support for 8AF 277|
|25||March 27, 1944||8AF FC FO 282||Fighter support for 8AF 282|
|26||April 08, 1944||8AF FC FO 291||Fighter support for 8AF 291|
|27||April 09, 1944||8AF FC FO 292||Fighter support for 8AF 293|
|28||April 11, 1944||8AF FC FO 295||Fighter support for 8AF 298||1|
|29||April 12, 1944||8AF FC FO 296||Fighter support for 8AF 300|
|30||April 13, 1944||8AF FC FO 298||Fighter support for 8AF 301|
|31||April 22, 1944||8AF FC FO 309||Fighter support for 8AF 311||1|
|32||April 24, 1944||8AF FC FO 312||Fighter support for 8AF 315||2|
|33||April 26, 1944||8AF FC FO 315||Fighter support for 8AF 319|
|34||April 29, 1944||8AF FC FO 320||Fighter support for 8AF 327|
|TOTAL AIRCRAFT LOST:||8|
|1||1945-06-18||Aircraft: P-47D (#44-33188). |
Organization: 377FS / 362FG of R76.
Pilot: Holland, Merrill E.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Pocking/R-76 Germany.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
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