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VIII Fighter Command DIEPPE SUPPORT

19 August 1942

Official description

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Description

31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control.

52nd Fighter Group despatches 4 Spitfires on a defensive patrol to intercept a suspected enemy aircraft off Northern Ireland. This is the first operational sortie for 52FG.

Mission details

1. Dieppe, France

Description

INVASION SUPPORT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Despatched by 4th Fighter Group in support of the landings at Dieppe, France.

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 123
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 8
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Prisoners of War 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 1

2. NORTHERN IRISH COAST

Description

INTERCEPT

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

4 Spitfires despatched by 52nd Fighter Group to intercept suspected enemy aircraft off the coast of Northern Ireland. No intruder found.

Units

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 4
Number of aircraft Effective 4

Service

People

  • Richard Beaty

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42.

  • Edward Brettell

    Military | Squadron Leader | fighter Pilot/squadron commander
    Joined RAF, trained at 58 OTU, assigned to 92Sqn, transferred to 133Sqn. Shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire IX BS313. Became a Prisoner of War (POW) and was executed for his part in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

  • Laverne Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Lost supporting the Dieppe landings in Spitfire 19 August 1942.

  • William Dabney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Lost flying with the Kenley Sector in Spitfire 19 August 1942.

  • Raymond Duke-Woolley

    Military | Wing Commander | Pilot / Wing and later Group commander | 4th Fighter Group
    Took command of Debden Wing [3 x Eagle Sqn] ...

  • Albert Eckert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Albert joined the Royal Canadian Air Force before the USA joined the war and served a fighter pilot. ...

  • Richard Gudmundsen

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, along with the rest of Sqn flew 4 missions over Dieppe 19-8-42 Shot down on escort mission over France. 6-9-42. Killed in action.

  • Gilbert Halsey

    Military | Major | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    He graduated from Cement High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before attending Spartan Air School. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force on May 1, 1941. ...

  • Robert Ingraham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    2Lt. Robert D. Ingraham was flying a Spitfire Mk V aircraft and shot down while flying with the Kenley Sector (RAF?) in support of the Dieppe, France landings, 19-August-1942. He was able to successfully bale out of the aircraft and was captured as a...

  • Samuel Junkin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Aircraft sustained battle damage while supporting landings at Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 in Spitfire VB. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel and Lt. Junkin was rescued. Returned to base. Lt. Junkin was credited with an air victory of a German...

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Aircraft

  • BL255 'Buckeye-Don'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL255 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL338

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL338 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 8 MU 15-11-41, assigned to 72S 21-11-41, FA Cat CB 14-3-42, to AST, assigned to 308th FS, 31st FG USAAF 5-42, FTR Dieppe raid 19-8-42. MACR 16481.

  • BM401

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM401 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 8 MU 24-4-42, assigned to 121S 5-5-42, damaged by fighters and abandoned off Dieppe 19-8-42, SOC.

  • BM405 'Barry'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM405 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • P8589 'Makassar'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P8589 Mk IIb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory ...

  • AD569

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AD569 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:09:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Edited fighter claim statistics.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:06:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added fighter claims to statistics per 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 21:49:35 Lee8thbuff Created event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 21:44:44 Lee8thbuff Created event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. " The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 21:38:46 Lee8thbuff Created entry with name, date, description and person associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Descriptions based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman. People associations from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

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