Bomber escort missions for P-47s

Title

Bomber escort missions for P-47s

Subject

One of the earliest mission types flown by P-47 aircraft were those of escorting bombers to and from their targets

Description

Every aircraft in the Army Air Corps had their missions, but none were more diverse than those held by pilots of P-47s. For example, the 362nd Fighter Group had four mission types over the course of their time in service: bomber escort, air interdiction, close air support, and fighter-sweeps. Bomber escort, as seen in this photo, was one of the first mission types performed by P-47 pilots and were quite successful for a while. However, the short range of the P-47 proved disastrous for their bomber compatriots as the German Luftwaffe learned of their weaknesses. As the fighters would turn to refuel in England, Luftwaffe aircraft would attack the vulnerable bombers, leading to disaster for the Army Air Corps. Eventually, P-51 Mustangs would take over the bomber escort missions as their range was more than double that of a P-47.

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1943-1944

Files

Bomber_Fighter_Formations.JPG

Collection

Citation

“Bomber escort missions for P-47s,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed April 8, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/8.