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VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

13 February 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches 24 Spitfires on patrols over of the English Channel to spot enemy shipping. 1 Spitfire is lost (mechanical failure suspected). The pilot is drowned but his body is recovered.

Mission details

1.

Description

SHIPPING PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Shipping patrol.

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 18

2.

Description

SHIPPING PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Shipping patrol. One pilot bailed out in English Channel off of Harwich, England - Killed in Action (KIA)

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 24
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1

Service

People

  • Jap Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 13 February 1943 in Spitfire MkVb AR341, 4FG/336FS. Killed in Action (KIA). Assigned at one time to 4FG/335FS. Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 75 by Bishop and Hey states engine trouble when on convoy patrol off England's east...

Aircraft

  • AR341

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AR341 Mk Vb, Built at Westland. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 19:43:19 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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