US Eighth Air force began operations from England against German targets in France in the fall of 1942. The initial targets were within the range of fighter aircraft that thus the bombers were escorted to their targets. In January 1943 the first US raid was conducted on Germany proper when on January 27th 91 US bombers were sent on a day light raid on the submarine bases at Wilhelmshaven. 53 bombers successfully bombed the target and 3 were lost. Thus began US daylight bombing of Germany. The British bombed at night and the US bombed during the day.