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VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

5 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

31FG despatches 24 Spitfires to escort DB-7 A-20 Boston III bombers of 15BS in their attack on the port area of Le Harve, France

Mission details

1. LE HAVRE

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

24 Spitfires provide escort for A-20s. This is the first combat mission for the 15th Bomb Squadron under 8th Air Force control.

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 24

2.

Description

FIGHTER INTERCEPT

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

Scramble to intercept enemy aircraft. No enemy aircraft sighted.

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 2

3.

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

Coastal patrol.

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 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 18:20:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description bases 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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