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VIII Fighter Command BOMBER ESCORT

8 March 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 25 Spitfires are depatched to provide escort for the B-17 formation attacking the marshalling yards at Rennes, France. These are joined by Spitfires from RAF squadrons also; 8 Spitfires are despatched on patrol for enemy shipping in the English Channel.

Mission details

1. English Channel

Description

SHIPPING PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

8 Spitfires are despatched to patrol for enemy shipping in the English Channel.

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 8

2.

Description

THIS EVENT IS AN ERROR and should be deleted.

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

3. RENNES

Description

HEAVY BOMBER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

25 Spitfires from 4th Fighter Group are joined by an unknown number of Spitfires from RAF squadrons to provide figther escort for the B-17 formation attacking the marshalling yards at Rennes, France. None of the fighters were lost and there were no claims against enemy aircraft. It is known that at least 35 German fighters participated, but it would appear that the American/RAF fighters did not actively seek out German fighters, but only provided an unbrella to thwart attacks.

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 25

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:30:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Addition of notes to Rennes event per 303rd BG Mission Report.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:16:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Removed # Sent from erroneous entry.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:14:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Le Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. EVENT #2 is an ERROR and should be deleted. Confirmed from 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:10:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Correction to EVENTS. The shipping patrol was conducted by 8 Spitfires from 4th FG. This entry was previously cited as a defensive patrol by 2 Spitfires. Such a patrol WAS conducted, but it occurred on 7-Mar-43 NOT 8 -Mar-43.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:05:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and 303rg Bomb Group Mission Report.

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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