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4th Fighter Group despatches 16 P-47s to perform a fighter sweep of the Nieuport/Dunkirk/Hazebrouck/Sangatte area. There are no losses or claims. The hope of VIII Bomber and Fighter Commands is that the Germans will send up their fighters to take on the Allied fighters. However, the German fighter response to these Allied fighter forays is minimal as the Germans believe that conserving their fighters for attack on bombers is their best course of action.
1. NIEUWPOORT / DUNKIRK / HAZEBROUCK / SANGATTE
Fighter sweep NW French coastal areas.
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...
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