Accession Number : ADA192792

Title :   56TH Fighter Group: 'Wolfpack' Operations - Air Battle for Berlin.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Breitinger, Frederick L , Jr

PDF Url : ADA192792

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : The 56th Fighter Group was a World War II Army Air Force P-47 unit that flew bomber escort mission in the European Theater. A highly successful fighter unit, it achieved more aerial victories and produced more aces than any other unit. One of the group's many highlights was its participation in the Air Battle for Berlin, March 1944. This paper focuses on the air-to-air battles fought during that battle by the pilots of the 56th Fighter Group. The paper begins with a short history of the group, then examines the strategic decisions and tactics of the Allied Air Forces. The strategic decisions and tactics of the German Luftwaffe are examined as well. The battle itself is given in a chronological sequence using actual combat reports and narratives. The paper closes with the results of the battle and lessons learned.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, AIR FORCE, AIR TO AIR, BATTLES, BERLIN, BOMBER AIRCRAFT, EUROPE, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, HISTORY, MISSIONS, PILOTS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, WARFARE, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST), AIR FORCE OPERATIONS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE