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VIII Fighter Command OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

10 March 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts two operations of this date: 12 Spitfires and 14 P-47s are despatched on offensive operations over the English Channel and on targets of opportunity in France near the coast. This is the first use of P-47 Thunderbolts. However, radio communications between the Spitfires and P-47s is impossible due to VHF radio malfunctions in the Thunderbolts; 6 Spitfires are despatched on patrol along the English coast.

Mission details

1. Le Crotoy, France

Description

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS against targets of opportunity in France near the coast.

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Sent out on offensive patrols. First use of P-47s by 8th Air Force. However, aircraft-to-aircraft communication is impossible because of VHF radio malfunctions in the P-47 Thunderbolts.

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

2. English Channel

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

6 Spitfires conduct defensive patrols along the English coast and 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 6

3.

Description

THIS EVENT IS AN ERROR.

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Date error for this event. Please delete.

Mission Statistics

4. Le Crotoy, France

Description

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS on targets of opportunity in France near the coast.

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Offensive patrol joining with P-47s.

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 12

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:34:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Correction of typo in description.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:10:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Changed Mission title.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:09:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Added description and map location to Mission Event #4. This will become event #3 when th ERRONEOUS event #3 is deleted.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:05:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Deleted Unit association from ERRONEOUS Mission Event # 3.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:03:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Request to DELETE erroneous Mission Event # 3.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:01:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Added location and description to Mission Detail #2 per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:57:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Mission EVENT #1 Description and statistics based on 'the Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 19:50:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Description based on "the Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roegr A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

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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