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VIII Fighter Command PATROL & STRAFING

5 February 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group has two operations of this date: 2 Spitfires are despatched on routine patrols along the English coast; 6 other Spitfires are despatched to strafe a German ship convoy. 2 corvettes and one merchant ship are damaged. 1 Spitfire is shot down by anti-aircraft fire, the pilot is MIA.

Mission details

1. ENGLISH COAST

Description

FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Fighter patrol of English Coast.

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 2

2. Thornton Bank

Description

STRAFING MISSION

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Strafe enemy ship convoy, two corvettes and one merchant ship damaged. One Spitfire of 335th Fighter Squadron hit by flak, pilot Missing in Action (MIA).

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 6
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1

Service

People

  • William Kelly

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, Fw190 destroyed on Rodeo to Abbeville, France 31-7-42 ...

Aircraft

  • AR???

    Spitfire
    Spitfire MkV assigned to 4th Fighter Group, 335 Fighter Squadron as part of a reverse Lend-Lease Agreement. Tail number is unknown. Shot down by flak while attacking an enemy ship convoy. Crashed into the North Sea near Walcheren Island, Holland. No...

  • EN918

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN918 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 19:22:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Dec-2014. Map location for Spitfire loss per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 19:11:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 19:05:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Dec-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:19 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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