VIII Fighter Command

9 August 1942


2 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched on a defensive fighter patrol.

11 Spitfire Mk V from 31st Fighter Group are despatched to fly top cover on a feint "Rodeo" to Dieppe, France, a fighter sweep over enemy territory.

Mission Details



Aircraft Type: Spitfire

Notes: A defensive patrol. 11 of the aircraft fly as top cover on a feint "Rodeo" to Dieppe. No losses or casualties, but patrol claims one enemy aircraft damaged.

 A P-51 Mustang (MX-A, serial number 44-13464), flown by Major Sam Brown of the 31st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Fighter

Mission Statistics

  • Enemy aircraft damaged by fighter: 1
  • Aircraft sent: 13


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 31st Fighter Group 350th Fighter Group 308th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-401549
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander


Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:14
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Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.