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IX Fighter Command 168A

6 June 1944

Official description

Over 2,000 fighter fly sweeps, escort for Medium Bombers and Troop Carriers, ground support, and dive-bombing missions over Western France.

A total of about 30 airplanes Medium Bombers (Fighters and Transports) are lost.

Description

IX Fighter Command was in operational control of all IX and XIX Tactical Air Command Units.

Five Groups were assigned to provide high cover to the beaches

Two Groups (supported by 4 from 8th Air Force Fighter Command) were to provide convoy cover

Five other Groups constituted a striking force

Six were held for support (air to ground cooperation)

Two fighter-bomber squadrons designated from the striking force were assigned to fly one air alert mission each, in support of the US V and VII Corps. In addition the fighter-bombers were to attack two coastal batteries in Squadron strength. the attacks were to be made between H-House and D-Hour plus 10.

With the purpose of blocking movement into the Utah area, fighter-bombers were assigned six-bridges and a rail embankment in the general area south east of Ste Mere Eglise

Mission details

1. Omaha Beach / Utah Beach

Description

Five Fighter Groups were assigned to provide high cover to the Normandy beaches

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 1,016
Number of aircraft Effective 976

2. Convoy Cover

Description

Two Fighter Groups (supported by and addition four Fighter Groups from 8th Air Force Fighter Command) were to provide convoy cover.

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 514
Number of aircraft Effective 497

3. Gefosse-Fontenay / Maisy II a / Beuzeville Road Bridge / Étienville Road Bridge / Saint-Sauveur Railroad Bridge / Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte Road Bridge / Néhou Road Bridge / Sangsuriere Embankment

Description

Dive bombing operations against Gun Batteries

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 386.16
Number of aircraft Sent 577
Number of aircraft Effective 560
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 9

4. Dive bomber Escort

Description

Not yet known

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 32
Number of aircraft Effective 32

Service

People

  • Elwood Quesada

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding Officer
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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2018 15:59:39 Emily Created entry with name, date, official description and description
Sources

9th Air Force History

US Air Force Combat Chronology

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