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VIII Bomber Command 6

27 August 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Cover for launches of Air Sea Rescue (ASR) aircraft.

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

2.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Escort for an Air Sea Rescue (ASR) Walrus.

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.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Rescue mission.

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 6

4.

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol.

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 2

5. BEACHY HEAD

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol over Beachy Head.

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 4

6. ROTTERDAM

Description

SHIP YARD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

A small force is despatched to attack the SHIP YARDs at ROTTERDAM, Holland. No fighter escort.

Units

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 13.00
Number of aircraft Sent 9
Number of aircraft Effective 7
Number of aircraft Damaged 3
Number of people Wounded in Action 1

7. SHOREHAM

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol coastline off Shoreham.

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 6

Service

People

  • Raymond Duke-Woolley

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot / Wing and later Group commander | 4th Fighter Group
    Took command of Debden Wing [3 x Eagle Sqn] ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:01:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop, http://www.usaaf.net/chron/42/aug42.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 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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