308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, Castel Volturno, Italy, 1944
308th Fighter Squadron was armed with P-39s and P-40s. The performance of these fighters was not enough to keep up with German opponents, which led to a relatively quick rearmament to Spitfires Mk.V. The Spitfires were used by 31st Fighter Group in a two-month heavy fights
above northern France. Later the group was transferred to Gibraltar to use the base for take offs for Algeria as part of the disembarkation of
the Allies in North Africa (Operation Torch). What followed were the fights against the forces of the Axis in North Africa. In May 1943 the 308th
Fighter Squadron received Spitfires Mk.VIII, which were than used in the fights above Sicily and Italy. In March 1944, the Spitfires were replaced
by P-51 Mustangs, which were used by 308th Fighter Squadron pilots till the end of war.
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INFO Eduard - March 2018