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Fighter Operation 31st Fighter Group (18 August 1942)

18 August 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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 RAF code name for bomber attacks with fighter escorts in the day time. These attack were against short range targets with the intention of occupying enemy fighter units in the area of the attack.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Circus 9 operation. No losses, claims or casualties.

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 13

2. PATROL FRENCH COAST

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol of French coast. No losses, claims or casualties.

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 12

3. DIEPPE / √ČTRETAT

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol of French coast. No losses, claims or casualties.

Units

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 11

Service

People

  • James Thorsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 31st Fighter Group
    CO 308th FS first and third combat tours HQ 350th FG second combat tour CO 79th FG post War Germany Spitfire Mk VIII HL+B "Nightshade" P-51D HL+B "Nightshade IV" 3 air kills plus 1 ME-262 damaged

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 18:55:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-2014. "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman. For more information on RAF mission codes see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2014 18:52:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-2014. "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman. For more information on RAF mission codes see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 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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