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VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & DIVERSION

9 October 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

1FG despatches 36 P-38s to escort RAF "Circus" 224; 4FG despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for the bombers attacking at Lille, France.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER CIRCUS

Aircraft type

P-38 Lightning

Notes

This is the last mission of 1st Fighter Group with 8th Air Force. They will transfer to 12th Air Force (North Africa) 14-Nov-42.

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 36
Number of aircraft Damaged 1

2.

Description

FIGHTER DIVERSION

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Fighter diversion for Lille raid.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 36

Service

People

  • Thomas Dynan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to B-17F 41-24510, "Snoozy II", 306BG/367BS as Radio Operator. KIA 9-Oct-42 during a mission to bomb aircraft plants at Lille, France. Aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and crashed near Nechin, Belgium. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2014 17:06:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-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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