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VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 256

26 January 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches 22 Spitfires to escort RAF Venturas on Circus 256. Exact targets not determined but certainly targets near the Channel coast of France. 1 Spitfire is lost in the sea due to mechanical failure, but the pilot is rescued.

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER ESCORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Escorts for 12 RAF Venturas on Circus 256. One Spitfire down in the sea because of mechanical problems, pilot rescued

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 22
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 1

Service

People

  • Robert Boock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 26 January 1943 (Returned To Duty - RTD). On 6 April 1943, smoke in the cockpit forced a landing 3.5 miles off the coast of North...

Aircraft

  • AB941

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB941, Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 19:54:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Added loss detail to description.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 19:48:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Leee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. DEscription based on 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary' Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 19:45:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Change to title

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 19:37:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 19:22:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to name
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Flagged as DUPLICATE as the mission was mis-identified as a VIII Bomber Command Mission. When the error was corrected, this mission became a duplicate.

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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