RAF Fighter Sweep25 March 1942
Major Cecil P Lessig becomes first Eighth Air Force pilot to fly a mission over France during the Second World War. Flying a Spitfire with RAF 64 Squadron, Lessig participates in a 36-aircraft Fighter sweep that is recalled when 50 Fighters challenge them.
Aircraft Type: Spitfire
- Aircraft sent: 36
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- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: VIII Bomber Command
- Service Numbers: O-29947
- Highest Rank: Brigadier General
- Role/Job: Operations and training officer, Deputy Chief of Staff