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VIII Fighter Command DIVERSION

20 December 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

4th Fighter Group despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for RAF 'Circus' 244. For definition of 'Circus' see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

Mission details

1.

Description

FIGHTER DIVERSION

Aircraft type

Spitfire

Notes

Despatched as the third diversion for RAF Circus 244.

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 36

Service

People

  • Lawrence Dunnica

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1LT Lawrence G. Dunninca was assigned to 303BG/358BS with B-17F 41-24541 [VK:B] "Spook" at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 3-Sep-42. He arrived with his crew (except LWG SGT Wayne P. Harker) at Molesworth on 24-Oct-42. The aircraft also carried...

  • Frank Greene

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner, GC | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17G #41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • Luther Gross

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] ...

  • George Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 "Leaping Liz" while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborts. (See Biography events) ...

  • Duke Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 ...

  • Jonathan Land

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 4...

  • Allan Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Co Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX...

  • Thomas Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Asssigned as a Waist Gunner on B-17 #41-24584 [GN Q] "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft on 22-Oct 42. ...

  • Orson Pacey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    2LT Orson E. Pacey was assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 [VK-B] "Spook", 303BG/358BS with the Lawrence G. Dunnica crew on 3-Sep-42 at Kellog Field, Battle Creek Michigan. He arrived at Molesworth, UK with the aircraft on 24-Oct-42. He...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    An amateur Baseball player, he entered military service with the Army Air Force in November 1941. He trained as a bombardier and was commissioned a second lieutenant before being assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

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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
11 November 2014 21:44:07 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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