GROUP CLAIMS

 

 

Whilst on a mission, Pilots would have occasion and opportunity to attack enemy aircraft - either in the air or on the ground.  On return from a mission, they would make "claim" to the enemy aircraft that they had attacked.  These claims were categorised as follows:

Air Destroyed - a plane that was attacked in the air and was successfully destroyed.

Air Probable - a plane that was attacked in the air and was probably destroyed.

Air Damaged - a plane that was attacked in the air and was hit but was able to continue flying and likely to have made it back home.

Ground Destroyed - a plane that was attacked on the ground and was totally destroyed and un-repairable.

Ground Damaged - a plane that was attacked on the ground but was not totally destroyed and therefore would potentially be repairable.

The 78th fighter group made the following claims:

  Air Destroyed Air Probable Air Damaged Ground Destroyed Ground Damaged
           
HdQtrs 11.5 0 4 23 6
82nd FS 102.5 10 39.5 94.5 117
83rd FS 118.5 11 54 112 65
84th FS 93.5 4 25.5 113 105
           
TOTAL 326 25 123 342.5 293

 

Total Destroyed       668.5
Total Probable       25.0
Total Damaged       416.0
         
Grand Total       1109.5

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