RAF Fighter Sweep

25 March 1942

Official Description

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.

Mission Details

Fighter Sweep

Aircraft Type: Spitfire

Mission Statistics

  • 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


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