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VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

2 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol the Channel between Manston, UK and Calais, France.

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. BOULOGNE / LE TOUQUET

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol French coast.

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

3. LE TOUQUET / GRIS NEZ

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol French coast.

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 13

4. ST CATHERINE'S POINT

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Patrol off St. Catherine's Point, UK.

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:52:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Title edit.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 17:51:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014, Mission description based on "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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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