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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 assume an offensive role in support of bomber missions.
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Fighters fly shipping patrols over the English Channel.
Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...
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