OPERATIONAL SUMMARY1

325th Fighter Group

15th Air Force

MTO

April 1943 May 1945

Notes:

1. Basic data used in this compilation are not, as regards P-40, and P-47 aircraft, sufficiently detailed to permit absolutely accurate analysis in the following respects:

a. Abort figures include all early returns, including aircraft which took off with the formation in the capacity of "spares" and aircraft which broke off from the formation for the purpose of acting as escort to aborting aircraft. Therefore, the sortie and abort figures and the rates derived therefrom are inflated.

b. "Operational" and "Other" losses include aircraft accidents at base or other friendly territory on a combat mission. Many of these aircraft were not heavily damaged and were flying again after the necessary repairs were made. This condition also exists as regards P-51 aircraft and all loss figures and rates are inflated in this respect.

2. A high percentage of the "Unknown" losses occurred on missions during which an engagement with enemy aircraft took place. In attempting to arrive at a probable victory/loss ratio, these unknowns are added to the losses known to have been caused by enemy aircraft and probable victories are combined with the confirmed victories.

3. All sorties are shown as actual type flown, not as sorties intended to be flown, i.e. a strafing mission which was unable to reach its target because of weather, and which in fact "swept" the target area at altitude, is tabulated as a "Fighter Sweep".

4. "Flak" includes all enemy fire emanating from the ground, of whatever caliber.

5. Enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground were not credited as "victories" in the 325th Ftr.Grp.

1 - Reproduction of original 325th Fighter Group Operational Summary
Source: Hq., 325th Fighter Group
               Office of the Intelligence Officer
               Periodic Intelligence Reports

P-40 AIRCRAFT

17 April 1943 22 September 1943

 

VICTORIES

LOSSES

Mission

Arbne

Abrts

Dest

Prob

Dam

E/A

Flak

Eng

Wea

Oper

Other

Unk

Total

Escort

2098

101

70

2

11

9

 

 

 

 

 

9

18

Bombing

998

39

11

3

5

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

7

Strafing

184

11

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

3

2

 

6

Sweep

863

24

52

6

8

3

2

2

 

1

1

3

12

A/S/R

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

4187

175

133

11

24

12

6

2

 

8

3

12

43

 

Victories

Losses

Ratio

 

 

Known air combat

133

12

11.1/1

Effective sortie/Victory ratio

30.2/1

Probable air combat

144

24

6/1

Effective Sortie/Loss ratio

93.3/1

Overall

133

43

3.1/1

 

 

P-47 AIRCRAFT

14 December 1943 24 May 1944

 

VICTORIES

LOSSES

Mission

Arbne

Abrts

Dest

Prob

Dam

E/A

Flak

Eng

Wea

Oper

Other

Unk

Total

Escort

3449

332

99

14

16

1

 

 

10

5

1

18

35

Sweep

978

72

53

7

3

 

2

2

 

 

 

2

6

TOTAL

4427

404

152

21

19

1

2

2

10

5

1

20

41

 

Victories

Losses

Ratio

 

 

Known air combat

152

1

152/1

Effective sortie/Victory ratio

26.47/1

Probable air combat

173

21

8.2/1

Effective Sortie/Loss ratio

98.1/1

Overall

152

41

3.7/1

 

 

P-51 AIRCRAFT

27 May 1944 7 May 1945

 

VICTORIES

LOSSES

Mission

Arbne

Abrts

Dest

Prob

Dam

E/A

Flak

Eng

Wea

Oper

Other

Unk

Total

Escort

9086

667

191

22

39

3

3

15

4

14

 

21

60

Sweep

775

31

39

2

5

 

1

1

 

 

 

1

3

Strafing

712

30

14

 

1

1

15

1

 

4

 

7

28

A/S/R

18

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

WeaRecce

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

10593

728

244

24

45

4

20

17

4

18

 

29

92

 

Victories

Losses

Ratio

 

 

Known air combat

244

4

61/1

Effective sortie/Victory ratio

40.4/1

Probable air combat

268

33

8.1/1

Effective Sortie/Loss ratio

107.2/1

Overall

244

92

2.65/1

 

 

ALL AIRCRAFT

 

VICTORIES

LOSSES

Mission

Arbne

Abrts

Dest

Prob

Dam

E/A

Flak

Eng

Wea

Oper

Other

Unk

Total

Escort

14633

1100

360

38

66

13

3

15

14

19

1

48

113

Bombing

998

39

11

3

5

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

7

Strafing

896

41

14

 

1

1

16

1

 

7

2

7

34

Sweep

2616

127

144

15

16

3

5

5

 

1

1

6

21

A/S/R

62

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

TOTAL

19207

1307

529

56

88

17

28

21

14

31

4

61

176

 

Victories

Losses

Ratio

 

 

Known air combat

529

17

31.1/1

Effective sortie/Victory ratio

33.8/1

Probable air combat

585

71

8.2/1

Effective Sortie/Loss ratio

101.7/1

Overall

529

176

3.01/1

 

 

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