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VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

1 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches 14 Spitfires on a patrol for enemy shipping. This is the last time that VIII Fighter Command will use Spitfires in the fighter role. American pilots have flown 2,667 sorties in the Spitfire with losses of 17 aircraft and 13 pilots. VIII Support Command will continue to use Spitfires for photo and weather reconnaisance.

Mission details

1.

Description

SHIPPING PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Not yet known

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2014 18:44:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Dec-2014. Added Spitfire sorties and losses to description based on my own research information collection.

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2014 18:40:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Dec-2014. Corrected number despatched in even statistics.

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2014 18:33:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 28-Dec-2014. Correction of typo in description.

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2014 18:31:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-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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