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VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK & PATROLS

12 December 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group conducts three operations: 41 Spitfires are despatched on shipping patrols and 6 attack a German ship; 4 Spitfires are despatched on defensive patrols; and 6 are despatched on defensive patrols along the English coast.

Mission details

1.

Description

CONVOY PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Despatched on convoy patrol.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 6

2. ENGLISH COAST

Description

DEFENSIVE PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Defensive patrols.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 4

3.

Description

OFFENSIVE FIGHTER PATROL

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

6 of the Spitfires attacked Germany shipping.

Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 41

Service

People

  • Victor Cozza

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 assigned as an Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F #41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived at Molesworth UK aboard that aircraft on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 4 Operations (2 were aborted) See...

  • Leif Hoklin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-24603 The Green Hornet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS was assigned with a combat crew on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas then moved to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 9-Oct-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 20:50:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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'.

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