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Old 20th September 2006, 21:20
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15th AAF fighter escort tactics?

My library on the 15th AAF is a little thin, so I’d like to ask a question. The fighter escort tactics of the 8th AAF Fighter Command, and its evolution(s), are well known, especially after the P-51 was available in quantity. My question is how did the 15th AAF fighter groups evolve their escort tactics after the Mustang became more available in the summer of 1944? Did they emulate the 8th and its “lessons learned” or evolve and codify their own tactics for escorting the 15th AA bomber missions?

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