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4th Fighter Group

Aircraft:Spitfire V; P-47; P-51
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Wing:65th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
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Squadrons:334th Fighter Squadron
335th Fighter Squadron
336th Fighter Squadron
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Details:Former members of RAF Eagle Squadrons formed the nucleus of the 4th group, which served in combat from Oct 1942 to Apr 1945 and destroyed more enemy planes in the air and on the ground than any other fighter group of Eighth AF.

Operated first with Spitfires but changed to P-47s in Mar 1943 and to P-51s in Apr 1944. On numerous occasions escorted bombers that attacked factories, submarine pens, V-weapon sites, and other targets in France, the Low Countries, or Germany. Went out sometimes with a small force of bombers to draw up enemy fighters so they could be destroyed in aerial combat. At other times attacked the enemy air power by strafing and dive-bombing airfields. Also hit troops, supply depots, roads, bridges, rail lines, and trains. Participated in the intensive campaign against the German Air Force and aircraft industry during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944.

Received a DUC for aggressiveness in seeking out and destroying enemy aircraft and in attacking enemy air bases, 5 Mar-24 Apr 1944. Flew interdictory and counter-air missions during the invasion of Normandy in Jun 1944. Supported the airborne invasion of Holland in Sep. Participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945. Covered the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945.

    Commanders
  • Col Edward W Anderson, Sep 1942
  • Col Chesley G Peterson, Aug 1943
  • Col Donald M Blakeslee, 1 Jan 1944
  • Lt Col Claiborne H Kinnard Jr, Nov 1944
  • Lt Col Harry Dayhuff, 7 Dec 1944
  • Col Everett W Stewart, 21 Feb 1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

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