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  1. First USAAF bombing action (29 June 1942)

    First USAAF bombing action (29 June 1942)

    29 June 1942
    NOTE to VIEWERS: The information contained in these Mission Narratives is based primarily on the chronological histories of Jack McKillop's "USAAF Combat Chronology" c. 1955 and of Roger A. Freeman's "Mighty Eighth War Diary" c. 1981 both of which were...

  2. First 8th Air Force Operation (04 July 1942)

    First 8th Air Force Operation (04 July 1942)

    04 July 1942
    12 Boston (A-20) aircraft are despatched from Swanton Morley by No. 2 Group, 226 Squadron, RAF, to bomb four German airfields in Holland: De Kooij airfield, Bergen/Alkamaar airfield, Haanstede airfield and Valkenberg airfield. 6 of these aircraft are...

  3. ABBEVILLE/DRUCAT (12 July 1942)

    ABBEVILLE/DRUCAT (12 July 1942)

    12 July 1942
    6 A-20 Boston III are borrowed from 226 Squadron RAF and flown by American pilots of the 8th Air Force, 15th Bombardment Squadron to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France.

  4. First 8th AF Fighter Operation (26 July 1942)

    First 8th AF Fighter Operation (26 July 1942)

    26 July 1942
    6 Spitfire VB aircraft from 31FG join with 412 (Falcon) Squadron RCAF flying from Merston on a fighter sweep over Abbeville and St. Omer, France. Lt Col Albert P. Clark, O-020218, 31FG Executive Officer flying EN784 is shot down and captured becoming...

  5. Practice Rodeo (05 August 1942)

    Practice Rodeo (05 August 1942)

    05 August 1942
    11 Spitfire MK V from 31st Fighter Group are sent on a practice Rodeo. A "Rodeo" was the code name given to a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

  6. Practice Rodeo (06 August 1942)

    Practice Rodeo (06 August 1942)

    06 August 1942
    11 Spitfire Mk V of 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a practice Rodeo. A "Rodeo" was the RAF code name for a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

  7. Fighter Operation 31st Fighter Group (09 August 1942)

    Fighter Operation 31st Fighter Group (09 August 1942)

    09 August 1942
    2 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a defensive fighter patrol. 11 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched to fly top cover on a feint "Rodeo" to Dieppe, France. A "Rodeo" is the RAF code name for a fighter sweep over...

  8. Practice Rodeo (11 August 1942)

    Practice Rodeo (11 August 1942)

    11 August 1942
    12 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a practice "Rodeo". A "Rodeo" is the RAF code name for a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

  9. Feint Rodeo 31st Fighter Group (12 August 1942)

    Feint Rodeo 31st Fighter Group (12 August 1942)

    12 August 1942
    13 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despateched on a feint "Rodeo" in a wide loop over Clacton/dunkirk/Calaise and Dover. A "Rodeo" is the RAF code name for a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

  10. Fighter Operation (15 August 1942)

    Fighter Operation (15 August 1942)

    15 August 1942
    2 Spitfire MK V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a convoy patrol. 12 Spitfire MK V are despatched on a feint sweep over the Dieppe/Etretat, France area.

  11. VIII Bomber Command 1

    VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

  12. Fighter Operation 31st Fighter Group (18 August 1942)

    Fighter Operation 31st Fighter Group (18 August 1942)

    18 August 1942
    Fighter operations conducted by 31st Fighter Group using Spitfire aircraft: 13 despatched on "Circus 9"; 12 despatched on a patrol of the French coast; and 11 despatched to make a fighter sweep over the Dieppe/Etretat, France area. A "Circus" is the...

  13. VIII Bomber Command 2

    VIII Bomber Command 2

    19 August 1942
    Bombers from 97th Bombardment Group are despatched to bomb the German airfield Drucat at Abbeville, France. This mission is flown to occupy the Luftwaffe and to try to prevent them from opposing the invasion of Dieppe, France by over 5,000 allied...

  14. VIII Fighter Command DIEPPE SUPPORT

    VIII Fighter Command DIEPPE SUPPORT

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control....

  15. VIII Bomber Command 3

    VIII Bomber Command 3

    20 August 1942
    Bombers from 97BG are despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France. 12 Spitfires from 31st Fighter Group provide escort. 31st Fighter Group also despatches Spitfires on diversions and for an RAF Lysander on Air Sea Rescue...

  16. VIII Bomber Command 4

    VIII Bomber Command 4

    21 August 1942
    97BG despatches 12 B-17s on a mission to bomb the shipyards and harbour facilities at Rotterdam, Holland. The mission is aborted when attacked by approximately 25 Bf-109 and Fw-190 fighter aircraft. Spitfire aircraft were despatched by 31FG as escorts...

  17. VIII Bomber Command 5

    VIII Bomber Command 5

    24 August 1942
    97BG despatches 12 B-17s on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Le Trait, France.

  18. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER INTERCEPT

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER INTERCEPT

    24 August 1942
    One group of 12, and another of 6, Spitfires of 31FG are despatched to intercept an enemy raider. No enemy aircraft is sighted.

  19. VIII Bomber Command 6

    VIII Bomber Command 6

    27 August 1942
    97BG despatches 9 B-17s to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland.

  20. VIII Bomber Command 7

    VIII Bomber Command 7

    28 August 1942
    97BG despatches 14 B-17s to bomb the Avions Portez aircraft factory at Meault, France.

  21. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

    28 August 1942
    31FG despatches Spitfires for: A diversion for the bombers making the attack on Meault, France; fighter sweep of areas near Meault, France; in support fro the RAF Tangmere Wing; and patrol over Selsey Bill, UK.

  22. VIII Bomber Command 8

    VIII Bomber Command 8

    29 August 1942
    97BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German airfields at Courtrai, France.

  23. VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    29 August 1942
    31FG despatches 36 Spitfires to patrol along the French coast; 1FG despatches 2 P-38s on a fighter intercept on enemy raiders. First use of P-38s by 8th AF in the ETO.

  24. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

    01 September 1942
    1FG/71FS despatches 32-P-38s in a fighter sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 12 Spitfires in a practice fighter sweep.

  25. VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

    02 September 1942
    31FG and 52FG despatch Spitfires in patrols and sweeps along the French coast; off St. Catherines Point, UK; and over the English Channel between Manston, UK and Calais, France

  26. VIII Fighter Command PATROL & SCRAMBLE

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL & SCRAMBLE

    04 September 1942
    1FG scrambles 2 P-38s on patrol off Ibsley, UK; 31FG despatches 2 Spitfires on patrol off of Selsey Bill, UK.

  27. VIII Bomber Command 9

    VIII Bomber Command 9

    05 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 bombers to attack the port area of Le Harve, France. 1st mission for 15BS under 8th AF control; 97BG & 301BG attack the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville, France.

  28. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    05 September 1942
    31FG despatches 24 Spitfires to escort DB-7 A-20 Boston III bombers of 15BS in their attack on the port area of Le Harve, France

  29. VIII Bomber Command 10

    VIII Bomber Command 10

    06 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

  30. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & INTERCEPT

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & INTERCEPT

    06 September 1942
    1FG scrambles 2 P-38s to intercept enemy aircraft, but none are sighted.

  31. VIII Bomber Command 11

    VIII Bomber Command 11

    07 September 1942
    97BG despatches 15 B-17s to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland; 301BG despatches 14 B-17s to bomb targets of opportunity (O) in and around Utrecht, Holland.

  32. VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & INTERCEPT

    VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & INTERCEPT

    08 September 1942
    1FG despatches a total of 6 P-38s on practice sweeps with the RAF and 2 of these are scrambled to intercept enemy aircraft, but none are sighted.

  33. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    10 September 1942
    52FG despatches 11 Spitfires in a fighter sweep over enemy occupied areas along the coast of France.

  34. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    16 September 1942
    1FG despatches 24 P-38s on a fighter sweep of the French coastline between Dieppe and Le Touquet, France.

  35. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    17 September 1942
    1FG despatches 24 P-38s on a fighter sweep of the English Channel and French coast.

  36. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER INTERCEPT

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER INTERCEPT

    22 September 1942
    31FG scrambles 2 Spitfires to intercept enemy aircraft. One enemy aircraft is destroyed.

  37. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER DIVERSION

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER DIVERSION

    26 September 1942
    31FG despatches 37 Spitfire in a fighter sweep diversion for the bombers attacking the German airfield of Maupertus at Cherbourg, France.

  38. VIII Bomber Command 12

    VIII Bomber Command 12

    26 September 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 45 B-17s to bomb the German airfields of Maupertus near Cherbourg and Porjeau at Morlaix, France. 301BG is recalled because the fighter escort of p-38s from 1FG is recalled. The 97BG aborts the mission over the Bay of...

  39. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    26 September 1942
    1FG despatches 36 P-38s to escort the bombers of 97BG and 301BG in their attack of the German airfield Projeau at Morlaix, France. The escort is recalled causing a recall of 301BG.

  40. VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

  41. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    30 September 1942
    31FG despatches 42 Spitfires on a practice sweep along the Channel coast of England.

  42. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & SWEEPS

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & SWEEPS

    02 October 1942
    1FG despatches 31 P-38s to escort bombers attacking the aircraft factory at Meaulte, France, sustaining one loss. 1FG also despatches 34 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 7 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 4FG...

  43. VIII Bomber Command 13

    VIII Bomber Command 13

    02 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

  44. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    06 October 1942
    52FG despatches 18 Spitfires to patrol for enemy ships in the English Channel. This is the last mission for 52FG with the 8th AF before their transferred to North Africa.

  45. VIII Bomber Command 14

    VIII Bomber Command 14

    09 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

  46. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & DIVERSION

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & DIVERSION

    09 October 1942
    1FG despatches 36 P-38s to escort RAF "Circus" 224; 4FG despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for the bombers attacking at Lille, France.

  47. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK

    14 October 1942
    4FG despatches 11 Spitfires to attack enemy shipping off the Holland coast.

  48. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & SWEEP

    15 October 1942
    4FG despatches 36 Spitfires to escort an RAF mission of A-20 Bostons and 24 P-38s to join the RAF in "Circus" 227 over the Le Havre, France area.

  49. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

    20 October 1942
    4FG despatches 10 Spitfires on defensive sorties in support of 2 aircraft on convoy patrol. 1 is lost. First 8th AF MIA of a fighter pilot.

  50. VIII Bomber Command 15

    VIII Bomber Command 15

    21 October 1942
    German U-Boat pens are Lorient, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission along with the German airfield at Cherbourg, France. 93BG despatches 24-B-24s to Lorient, but cloud cover prevents them from bombing. The main attack force to Lorient...