31st Fighter Group at Westhampnett is declared fully operational and ready for combat operations under RAF control until it gains enough experience to be able to fight as a group. This is first US fighter unit in UK to reach this operational status.
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.
1. CLACTON / DOVER / DUNKIRK / CALAIS
A feint "Rodeo" over French coast. No losses, claims or casualties. The 31st Fighter Group is declared fully operational and ready for combat operations under RAF control until it gains enough experience to fight effectively as a group.
The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...
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