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VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & PATROL

13 March 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 27 Spitfires are despacthed to provide escort to the B-17 formation attacking the marshalling yards at Ameins/Longeau, France, but the fighters fail to make rendevous with the bombers and all return to Debden; 6 Spitfires are despatched on shipping patrols. No losses or claims.

Mission details

1. ENGLISH CHANNEL

Description

SHIPPING PATROLS

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Shipping patrols over the 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

2. AMIENS

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Original intent was to escort the bombers on the Amiens raid, but flight failed to rendezvous with the bomber formation.

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 27

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2014 18:39:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-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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