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VIII Fighter Command FO-05 FIGHTER SWEEP

18 April 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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.

Mission details

1. NIEUWPOORT / DUNKIRK / HAZEBROUCK / SANGATTE

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

P-47 Thunderbolt

Notes

Fighter sweep NW French coastal areas.

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 16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 20:35:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-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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