Larry D. wrote:Operation DRAGOON, the invasion of southern France on 15 August 1944, included two carrier task groups:
Opposing them ashore was the Luftwaffe's Jagdgruppe 200 based at Aix-les-Milles and Avignon-East under Jagdfliegerführer Südfrankreich/5. Jagddivision (Luftfoltte 3) and equipped with Bf 109G's. Pilots from the Gruppe did engage Wildcats and Hellcats on several occasions according to all accounts, but the outcome is unknown to me. You could go to the Tony Wood Luftwaffe Claims web site and see if JG 200 pilots claimed any F4F's or F6F's during the invasion and the days immediately following it.
Tiornu wrote:You will also want to look into operations around Norway. Here and in Southern France, the Cats and Corsairs got the best of the LW planes they encountered, but the sampling is too small to support any conclusions.
Huck wrote:RN operated some Hellcats in Europe, but they rarely met Luftwaffe's planes.
Anyway, Hellcat's performance was nothing to write home about.
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