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After completing the fighter transition course at Goxhill, the 3rd Scouting Force formed at Wormingford where it was supported by the 55th Fighter Group. Initially, fighter pilots of the 55th Fighter Group were assigned to fly with the bomber Scouts, however, this was short lived and the bomber pilots were soon acting as their own escorts. The first mission was flown on 15 September 1944. They went on to complete 140 P-51 missions on 21 April 1945. The 3rd had the distinction of having B-17's added to their ranks in February 1945 when the 862nd Bomb Squadron arrived, unannounced. The B-17s operated separately from the P-51s and were used for general weather recon over England and the English Channel.

 

 

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