Welcome to the Mighty Eighth Air Force WW2
This calendar covers the Missions and other events of the 8th Air Force, European Theater of Operations during the four year period from January 1, 1942 through May 7, 1945. The Calendar is set up so that you can quickly find the Missions by number or by date. There were 985 Missions completed by wars end. Most of the missions occurred in 1944 with a record number of 79 Missions in August.
Resources for the data found in this calendar can be found at http://www.usaaf.net/chron/index.htm It has been brought to my attention that some of the KIA as reported in the above resource are incorrect in that the numbers may have been calculated from the KIA that returned on the bombers and did not include those crews of lost planes that were listed as Missing in Action and later reported KIA. If anyone knows of a resource that might have more exact figures for the KIA losses by the 8th Air Force in Europe, I would appreciate hearing from you. You can contact me here.
The links directly below will take you to January of the year that you select. From there you can link to each of the months in that year.
If you prefer, you can locate a particular mission by clicking on the Mission Links below.
The first Bombing Mission flown by the Eighth
Air force was on August 17, 1942
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