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VIII Fighter Command BARGE ATTACK

15 December 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches 2 Spitfires to attack barges in the Bruges/Ghent canal, Belgium. One of the Spitfires is severely damaged but manages to return to Debden and is written off. The fight encountered a Ju52 and forced it into a flak barrage.

Mission details

1. GHENT/ BRUGES

Description

SHIPPING ATTACK

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Despatched to attack barges in the Bruges/Ghent Channel. One German Ju-52 was chased into its own flak.

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 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 19:43:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added fighter claims on enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 20:50:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-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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