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VIII Fighter Command PATROL & RAF ESCORT

26 February 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts 4 operations on this date: 6 Spitfires are despatched on patrols looking for enemy shipping in the English Channel; 76 Spitfires are despatched are in 3 groups 26; 26; and 24 to provide escort for 3 out of 5 raids conducted by RAF Venturas attacking the port facilities at Dunkirk, France. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Despatched on shipping patrols.

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. DUNKIRK

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Escort for RAF Venturas attacking Dunkirk, France.

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 24

3. DUNKIRK

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Escort for RAF Venturas attacking Dunkirk, France.

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 26

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 17:59:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Dec-2014. Description based on " The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 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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