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176 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched on figher sweeps of the Knokke/Bruges/Lille/St. Omer areas of Belgium and France. There are no losses or claims and no german fighters are encountered. This is typical for the Luftwaffe whose strategic aims are to not to engage in purely fighter-on-fighter encounters. The Luftwaffe wants to conserve their fighter resources to attack bombers (US and RAF).
1. KNOKKE / BRUGES / LILLE / SAINT OMER
Fighter sweep of Knokke/Bruges/Lille/St.Omer area
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