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VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

1 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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

Mission details

1.

Description

PRACTICE RODEO

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Practice "Rodeo." A "Rodeo" is the RAF code name for a fighter sweep.

Units

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 12

2. ENGLISH CHANNEL

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

Fighter sweep of the English Channel.

Units

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 32

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:44:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Edit of Title.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:43:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on 'Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman; Rodeo definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:18 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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