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2nd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

Flight

Activated on 1 February 1943 as the 2nd Provisional Gunnery Flight, at Goxhill as part of VIII Fighter Command's fighter training establishment.

Redesignated 2031st Gunnery Flight on 24 February 1943. On 26 August 1943 the unit was redesginated as 2nd Gunnery and Tow Target Flight, it was assigned to VIII Composite Command on 14 February 1944.

The unit was reassigned to VIII Fighter Command on 29 September 1944, and then on 18 November 1944 assigned to the 66th Fighter Wing.

Disbanded in May 1945.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Goxhill 1 February 1943 – 18 November 1944
Based Leiston 18 November 1944 – April 1945

Connections

People

  • Lloyd Atkins

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Enlisted RCAF, Sgt Pilot. Transferred to 2nd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight, 8AF USAAF as Flying Officer. Transferred to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD).

  • Augusto Govoni

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Nov 13 1943 on target towing mission, given orders to abandon the Lysander III AX358 when after 35 minutes it was discovered both the right bomb rack and the right landing gear were missing. Ac was flown to the coast and crashed after both of the crew...

  • Joseph Litz

    Military | Private First Class | WM
    Nov 13 1943 on target towing mission, given orders to abandon the Lysander III AX358 when after 35 minutes it was discovered both the right bomb rack and the right landing gear were missing. Ac was flown to the coast and crashed after both of the crew...

Aircraft

  • T1469

    Lysander
    Westland Lysander Mk III T1469, assigned to 2nd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight, 8th Air Force. A/C abandoned due to mechanical failure, pilot Lt Augusto M Govoni baled out 13-Nov-43. SOC 14-Nov-43.

  • 41-6193 'Ginger'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 2GTTF, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 16:10:25 Emily Changes to category, description, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and stations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, p128

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2014 21:33:16 Paul Bellamy Changes to type and name
Sources

Mighty Eighth War Manual (Roger A Freeman 1984, 2001)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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