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VIII Fighter Command ESCORT

20 October 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4FG despatches 10 Spitfires on defensive sorties in support of 2 aircraft on convoy patrol. 1 is lost. First 8th AF MIA of a fighter pilot.

Mission details

1. ENGLISH CHANNEL

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Defensive sorties In support of two aircraft on convoy patrol. One exploded in mid-air 10 miles of Harwich, UK over the English Channel. First Missing in Action (MIA) 8th Air Force fighter pilot.

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 10
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1

Service

People

  • Anthony Seaman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 71S, transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, On convoy patrol, he had engine trouble, exploded in mid air and crashed into the sea 10...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 18:59:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "Mighty Eight 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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