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VIII Fighter Command RHUBARB

20 January 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches a total of 22 Spitfires on the following operations: 2 are sent to the area of the Pas-de-Calaise, France and attack three locomotives; 14 are sent on interception patrols but no enemy aircraft are encountered; 6 are sent on defensinve patrols along the English coast.

Mission details

1. ENGLISH COAST

Description

DEFENSIVE PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Defensive patrol of English Coast.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 6

2. FRENCH COAST

Description

FIGHTER INTERCEPT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Fighter intercept along French coast.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 14

3. CALAISE

Description

FIGHTER RHUBARB

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

3 locomotive attacked at Calais.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 17:58:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Minor edit to description.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 17:54:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Description based on 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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