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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 Mediterranean theater, supporting successive army operations in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. The Group also escorted bombers flying strategic and interdictory missions over occupied central Europe.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 2

    19 August 1942
    Bombers from 97th Bombardment Group are despatched to bomb the German airfield Drucat at Abbeville, France. This mission is flown to occupy the Luftwaffe and to try to prevent them from opposing the invasion of Dieppe, France by over 5,000 allied...

  • VIII Fighter Command DIEPPE SUPPORT

    19 August 1942
    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. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEPS

    1 September 1942
    1FG/71FS despatches 32-P-38s in a fighter sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 12 Spitfires in a practice fighter sweep.

  • VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

    2 September 1942
    31FG and 52FG despatch Spitfires in patrols and sweeps along the French coast; off St. Catherines Point, UK; and over the English Channel between Manston, UK and Calais, France

  • VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

    2 September 1942
    31FG and 52FG despatch Spitfires in patrols and sweeps along the French coast; off St. Catherines Point, UK; and over the English Channel between Manston, UK and Calais, France

  • VIII Fighter Command SWEEPS & PATROLS

    2 September 1942
    31FG and 52FG despatch Spitfires in patrols and sweeps along the French coast; off St. Catherines Point, UK; and over the English Channel between Manston, UK and Calais, France

  • VIII Fighter Command FIGHTER SWEEP

    10 September 1942
    52FG despatches 11 Spitfires in a fighter sweep over enemy occupied areas along the coast of France.

  • VIII Fighter Command ESCORT & SWEEPS

    2 October 1942
    1FG despatches 31 P-38s to escort bombers attacking the aircraft factory at Meaulte, France, sustaining one loss. 1FG also despatches 34 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 52FG despatches 7 Spitfires on a sweep over the English Channel; 4FG...

  • VIII Fighter Command PATROL

    6 October 1942
    52FG despatches 18 Spitfires to patrol for enemy ships in the English Channel. This is the last mission for 52FG with the 8th AF before their transferred to North Africa.

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Eglinton 13 July 1942 – 13 September 1942
Based Goxhill 26 August 1942 – 21 October 1942
Based Telerghma Airfield 20 January 1943 – 9 March 1943
Based Youks-les-Bains Airfield 9 March 1943 – 18 April 1943
Based Madna Airfield 14 May 1944 – 21 April 1945

Connections

People

  • John Aitken

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    First tour of operations in the Mediterranean flying Spitfires in the 2FS, 52FG, 15AF USAAF as a Lieutenant. Credited with two victories and one shared in 1943. For second tour, assigned to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with three aerial victories....

  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1940, and was awarded his pilot wings on September 15, 1941, joining the 133 Eagle Squadron in England. Alexander was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 1 probable, before...

  • Dale Anderson

    Military | 52nd Fighter Group

  • Ernest Anderson

    Military | 52nd Fighter Group

  • Harold Beedle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Pilot 4th FS, 52nd FG, 12AF USAAF. ...

  • Norman Bolle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Was sent to the 8th AAF for 2 months, then transferred to Algeria to the 12th AAF and then to the 15th AAF. Shot down March 22, 1943 while attacking German airdrome at Mezzouna Tunisia. Became prisoner of war held at Stalag Luft III in Sagan Germany.

  • Ottaway Cornwell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Pilot 4th FS, 52nd FG, 12AF USAAF, lost over France 27-1-44 Lt Ottaway B Cornwell KIA. MACR 2225. ...

  • James Curl

    Military | Major | fighter pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    CO 66th FS 57th FG and 2nd FS 52nd FG Awarded British DSO by Air Marshal Sir William Sholto Douglas KIA March 18, 1945 MACR 13066

  • Phillip Fox

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Joined RCAF, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • William Gahagen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Pilot Spitfire MA890 VF-M 5th FS, 52nd FG, 12AF USAAF, shot down over Vitero Afd, Italy 19-2-44. MACR 2689.

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Aircraft

  • AR404

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AR404 Mk Vb, Built at Westland. ...

  • P7965

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P7965 Mk IIa, Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • P7686 'Tyrone'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire P7686 Mk IIa, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • W3942

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3942 Mk Vb, Const # 2078 Built at High Post. ...

  • AB896

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB896 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AB907

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB907 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • AB897

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB897 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BM479

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BM479 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • EN894

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN894 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 00:25:29 466thHistorian Changes to stations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggia_Airfield_Complex

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 06:43:08 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 06:41:27 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 06:40:24 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 11:04:02 rossingtonj Changes to type, air forces and mission associations
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Airforce added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).

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