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    Default RAF Bomber Escort Tactics 1944/45

    Hi all,

    Not having any knowledge of fighter tactics or fighters in general I would like to know when the following took place.

    1. US Fighter Escort, when was the order for US fighters escorts to sweep ahead of the US bombers at low and medium altitude as aposed to normal escort duties introduced?

    2. Did this tactic apply to the RAF Escorts.

    I have a copy of the Interception / Tactic Report No.279/44 which states that the RAF Mustang escorts were ordered to sweep ahead of the Lancaster's on November 8th 1944. Was this a one-off or had it been introduced prior to this raid.

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    Steve
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    The order "releasing" the US escort fighters was made by Doolittle shortly after he took over the 8th AF, if that helps any. However, it is worth pointing out that the order did not release all fighter groups tasked with the escort role. It was only introduced after enough fighter groups were available to have close escort and forward sweeps.

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    Graham,

    Thank you for your reply. Can you tell me when this 'releasing' started?

    TIA

    Steve
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