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  1. VIII Fighter Command STRAFING

    VIII Fighter Command STRAFING

    30 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches two Spitfires on a strafing mission to attack German railroad assets at Cappelle-la-Grande, France.

  2. VIII Bomber Command 27

    VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  3. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    31 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires on patrol along the English Coast.

  4. VIII Bomber Command 27A SECRET MISSION

    VIII Bomber Command 27A SECRET MISSION

    02 January 1943
    4 B-24s from the 93BG/329BS have been equipped with special electronic equipment that would supposedly allow "blind bombing" of target through overcast (called "Moling") are despatched to hit targets in the Ruhr valley of Germany.

  5. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    02 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 20 Spitfires on patrols along the English coast.

  6. VIII Bomber Command 28

    VIII Bomber Command 28

    03 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  7. VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    03 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group depatches 16 Spitfires on protection of Allied shipping in the English Channel and NE English coast.

  8. VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    04 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 20 Spitfires to protect Allied ships in the English Channel and NE English coast.

  9. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    08 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires to make defensive patrols along the Channel coast.

  10. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    09 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 Spitfires on patrol of English Channel and NE English coast.

  11. VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    11 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group desptaches 2 Spitfires on patrol to protect Allied ships in the English Channel.

  12. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    12 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires on patrol over the English coast.

  13. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT-VIII BC 29

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT-VIII BC 29

    13 January 1943
    4ht Fighter Group despatches 69 Spitfires to provide bomber escort. The escort is provided to the attacking force of VIII Bomber Command Mission 29 attacking Lille, France; and to two RAF bomber formations attacking targets at St. Omer, France. Exact...

  14. VIII Bomber Command 29

    VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  15. VIII Fighter Command RHUBARB

    VIII Fighter Command RHUBARB

    14 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 8 Spitfires on 3 Rhubarbs to targets in Belgium.

  16. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    15 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires on defensive patrols along the English coast.

  17. VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    17 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 4 Spitfires as protection for Allied ships in the English Channel.

  18. VIII Fighter Command RHUBARB

    VIII Fighter Command RHUBARB

    20 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches a total of 22 Spitfires on the following operations: 2 are sent to the area of the Pas-de-Calaise, France and attack three locomotives; 14 are sent on interception patrols but no enemy aircraft are encountered; 6 are sent...

  19. VIII Bomber Command MOLING MISSION

    VIII Bomber Command MOLING MISSION

    21 January 1943
    93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron despatches a single B-24 on a Moling mission near the Ruhr valley in Germany. The mission is aimed at harassing the enemy in weather unsuitable for large missions by alerting air-raid crews in the area north of the...

  20. VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    21 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group supports two RAF bombing operations: A total of 26 Spitfires are despatched to provide escort for a formation of RAF venturas attacking Caen/Carpiquet, France; later in the day another 23 Spitfires are despatched to support an RAF...

  21. CASABALANCA DIRECTIVE

    CASABALANCA DIRECTIVE

    21 January 1943
    While this is NOT a mission per-se, the Casablanca Directive of 21-Jan-43 will be the governing agreement and statement of strategic initiatives issued to the appropriate Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces in their prosecution of the war...

  22. VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    22 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 25 Spitfires to support RAF Bostons attacking the German airfield at St. Omer, France. 1 Fighter is MIA and one is Damaged Beyond Repair.

  23. VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    VIII Fighter Command SHIP PROTECTION

    23 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 4 Spitfires to provide protection for Allied shipping in the English Channel.

  24. VIII Bomber Command 30

    VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  25. VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 255

    VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 255

    25 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 17 Spitfires to escort RAF Bostons on Circus 255. Exact targets not determined, but certainly targets near the Channel coast in France.

  26. VIII Fighter Command MOLING MISSION

    VIII Fighter Command MOLING MISSION

    26 January 1943
    93rd Bomb Group despatches 1 B-14 on a "Moling" mission near the Ruhr valley in Germany. This is simply harrassment.

  27. VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 256

    VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 256

    26 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 22 Spitfires to escort RAF Venturas on Circus 256. Exact targets not determined but certainly targets near the Channel coast of France. 1 Spitfire is lost in the sea due to mechanical failure, but the pilot is rescued.

  28. VIII Bomber Command 31

    VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  29. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    27 January 1943
    4th Figther Group despatches 7 Spitfires on fighter patrols over the English Coast.

  30. VIII Bomber Command MOILING MISSION

    VIII Bomber Command MOILING MISSION

    29 January 1943
    93rd Bomb Group despatches 1 B-14 on a "Moling" mission near the German/French border. These missions are harrasssment only. Noe of the miling mission were included as part of the 8th AF mission count.

  31. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    29 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 Spitfires on defensive patrols.

  32. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    01 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 20 Spitfires on defensive fighter patrols along the English coast and above the Channel.

  33. VIII Bomber Command 32

    VIII Bomber Command 32

    02 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  34. VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 257

    VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 257

    02 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group participates in two operations on this date: 24 Spitfires are despatched to support and escort 12 RAF Venturas on RAF Circus 257; 9 Spitfires are despatched on routing ship patrols.

  35. VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 258

    VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 258

    03 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group participates in two operations on this date: 22 Spitfires are despatched to support and escort 12 RAF Venturas on RAF Circus 258, targets not determined; 25 Spitfires are despatched on offensive missions, targets not determined.

  36. VIII Bomber Command 33

    VIII Bomber Command 33

    04 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  37. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    04 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 21 Spitfires on patrol and to assist Air-Sea-Rescue searches for heavy bombers believed to have crashed into the North Sea while participating in the Hamm/Embden operation that day.

  38. VIII Fighter Command PATROL & STRAFING

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL & STRAFING

    05 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group has two operations of this date: 2 Spitfires are despatched on routine patrols along the English coast; 6 other Spitfires are despatched to strafe a German ship convoy. 2 corvettes and one merchant ship are damaged. 1 Spitfire is shot...

  39. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    06 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 Spitfires on patrols for German shipping along the French Coast.

  40. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    10 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires on shipping patrol.

  41. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    12 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 16 Spitfires are despatched over the English Channel on patrol for German shipping; 2 Sptifires are despatched on routine defensive patrol along the English coast.

  42. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    13 February 1943
    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.

  43. VIII Bomber Command 34

    VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  44. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    14 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 18 Spitfires on patrols for enemy shipping in the English Channel.

  45. VIII Bomber Command 35

    VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

  46. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    15 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 30 Spitfires on patrols for enemy shipping.

  47. VIII Bomber Command 36

    VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  48. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER PATROLS

    16 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 34 Spitfires on fighter patrols.

  49. VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER PATROLS

    17 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 38 Spitfires on fighter patrols.

  50. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    18 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 26 Spitfires on shipping patrols and defensive sorties.