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  1. VIII Fighter Command PATROL & SWEEP

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL & SWEEP

    19 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations: 2 Spitfires are despatched on a defensive patrol along the Channel coast; 24 Spitfires are despatched on an offensive sweep in the area of St. Omer, France.

  2. VIII Fighter Command ASR PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command ASR PATROL

    20 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires on Air-Sea Rescue (ASR) patrols. This may have been in response to a request from RAF as weather over the North Sea and Continent has kept 8th Air Force heavy bombers grounded.

  3. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    24 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 14 Spitfires on shipping patrols over the English Channel. Also on this date Lt Gen Ira Eaker, Commander of 8th Air Force is advised by the War Department of the decision of the Combined Chiefs of Staff that fighter units...

  4. VIII Fighter Command PATROL & RAF ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL & RAF ESCORT

    26 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts 4 operations on this date: 6 Spitfires are despatched on patrols looking for enemy shipping in the English Channel; 76 Spitfires are despatched are in 3 groups 26; 26; and 24 to provide escort for 3 out of 5 raids conducted...

  5. RAF/VIII Air Support Command ANTI-SUB PATROL

    RAF/VIII Air Support Command ANTI-SUB PATROL

    26 February 1943
    On 26-Feb-43 B-24D 41-23820 480th Anti-Submarine Group/1st Anti-Submarine Squadron was serving with RAF Costal Command and was despatched on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft was shot down by Oblt Stolle of 8/JG 2 about 75...

  6. VIII Bomber Command 37

    VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  7. VIII Bomber Command 38

    VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  8. VIII Fighter Command PATROL & RAF ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL & RAF ESCORT

    27 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 16 Spitifires are despatched over the English Channel on shipping patrols; and 24 Spitfires are despatched to provide escort for an RAF mission of Venturas attacking the port facilities at Dunkirk...

  9. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    28 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires on patrols along the English coast.

  10. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    01 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 24 Spitfires on patrols throughout the day.

  11. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    02 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires on shipping and defensive patrols.

  12. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    03 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 28 Spitfires on patrols throughout the day.

  13. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    04 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group vonducts two operations on this date: 24 Spitfires are despatched on fighter patrols; and, 2 Spitfires are despatched on offensive patrols over the Ostend/Dunkirk area.

  14. VIII Bomber Command 39

    VIII Bomber Command 39

    04 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  15. VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    05 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 4 Spitfires on routine patrol along the English coast.

  16. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    06 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 14 Spitfires on defensive patrols along the English coast.

  17. VIII Bomber Command 40

    VIII Bomber Command 40

    06 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  18. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROL

    07 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires on defensive patrol.

  19. VIII Bomber Command 41

    VIII Bomber Command 41

    08 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  20. VIII Fighter Command BOMBER ESCORT

    VIII Fighter Command BOMBER ESCORT

    08 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 25 Spitfires are depatched to provide escort for the B-17 formation attacking the marshalling yards at Rennes, France. These are joined by Spitfires from RAF squadrons also; 8 Spitfires are...

  21. VIII Fighter Command RAF SUPPORT & SHIPPING PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command RAF SUPPORT & SHIPPING PATROLS

    09 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 24 Spitfires are despatched in support of RAF offensive operations at Boulogne, France; 26 Spitfires conduct patrolls for enemy shipping in the English Channel. No losses or claims.

  22. VIII Fighter Command OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

    VIII Fighter Command OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS

    10 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations of this date: 12 Spitfires and 14 P-47s are despatched on offensive operations over the English Channel and on targets of opportunity in France near the coast. This is the first use of P-47 Thunderbolts....

  23. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    11 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 18 Spitfires on patrols over the English Channel and along the English coast during the day.

  24. VIII Bomber Command 42

    VIII Bomber Command 42

    12 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France is the primary target for 72 B-17s. 91BG (18); 303BG (18) ; 305BG (17) and 306BG (19). Of this formation, 63 are effective on the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims on enemy...

  25. VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROL

    12 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 41 Spitfires are despatched to perform fighter sweep along the heavy bomber route to the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville. This is a test for using fighters in a more offensive role rather...

  26. VIII Bomber Command 43

    VIII Bomber Command 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  27. VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & PATROL

    13 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group conducts two operations on this date: 27 Spitfires are despacthed to provide escort to the B-17 formation attacking the marshalling yards at Ameins/Longeau, France, but the fighters fail to make rendevous with the bombers and all...

  28. VIII Fighter Command INTERCEPT

    VIII Fighter Command INTERCEPT

    14 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group scrambles 2 Spitfires to intercept 2 German FW-190 fighters in the area of Felixstowe, England. No enemy aircraft are sighted.

  29. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    14 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 35 Spitfires and patrols along the English coast and over the Englsih Channel. No losses or claims.

  30. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    15 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 24 Spitfires on patrols along the English coast.

  31. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE PATROLS

    16 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 14 Spitfires on defensive patorls along the English coast. No losses or claims.

  32. VIII Bomber Command 44

    VIII Bomber Command 44

    17 March 1943
    A combination of 78 B-17s from the 4 active Bomb Groups are despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France. However, the weather is terrible and the schedules fighter escort was prevented from taking off causing a recall of the...

  33. VIII Bomber Command 45

    VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  34. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    18 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 16 Spitfires on defensive and convoy patrols.

  35. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    19 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 6 Spitfires on defensive and convoy patrols.

  36. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROL

    20 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires on patrol for enemy shipping in the English Channel.

  37. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    22 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 4 Spitfires on patrol along the English coast.

  38. VIII Bomber Command 46

    VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  39. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    23 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 8 Spitfires on patrol over the English coast.

  40. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    24 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 26 Spitfires on patrols along the English coast and over the English Channel. While the 4FG has some P-47's available, they have been grounded for modifications to their VHS radios to permit aircraft-to-aircraft...

  41. VIII Bomber Command MOLING MISSION

    VIII Bomber Command MOLING MISSION

    25 March 1943
    A single B-24 from 93BG is despatched on a Molin Mission. This mission was not included in the official 8th Air Force mission count.

  42. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE/CONVOY PATROLS

    25 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 12 Spitfires on defensive and convoy patrols.

  43. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    26 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group depatches 8 Spitfires on patrols along the English coast and English Channel.

  44. VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    VIII Air Support Command PHOTO RECCE

    28 March 1943
    The 13th Phtoto Reconnaisance Squadron despatches 1 F-5A ( actually a P-38 with nose guns removed and replaced by cameras)from their base at Mount Farm, UK to perform a photo recce mission of the area near Dieppe, France. Prior to this mission photo...

  45. VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE & SHIPPING PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command DEFENSIVE & SHIPPING PATROLS

    28 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 33 Spitfires on defensive and shipping patrols along the English coast on over the English Channel.

  46. VIII Bomber Command 47

    VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  47. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROLS

    29 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 18 Spitfires on patrols for enemy shipping in the English Channel throughout the day.

  48. VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING PATROLS

    30 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 28 Spitfires on patrols for enemy shipping in the English Channel.

  49. VIII Bomber Command 48

    VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

  50. VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    VIII Fighter Command PATROLS

    31 March 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 31 Spitfires on fighter patrols along the English coast throughout the day.