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VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROL

12 March 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 41 Spitfires are despatched to perform fighter sweep along the heavy bomber route to the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville. This is a test for using fighters in a more offensive role rather than as purely bomber escort. One Spitfire is shot down but the pilot manages to bale out and is captured. One enemy aircraft is reported as damaged in the encounter; in a second operation 2 Spitfires are despatched on a shipping patrol.

Mission details

1.

Description

SHIPPING PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Shipping patrol.

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

2. ROUEN/SOTTEVILLE

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Fighter sweep in support of bomber raid on Rouen/Sotteville. One Spitfire shot down by enemy aircraft; pilot was seen to bail out near St. Omer, 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 41
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 1

Service

People

  • Hazen Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to RAF, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On Rodeo to St Omer shot down 12 March 1943 in Spitfire VB BL240. Squadron was jumped by FW190s near St. Omer, France. Baled out to be Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • BL240

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL240 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 16:43:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Edited Title.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 20:32:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Dec-2014. Added 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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