fighter sweep


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fighter sweep

An offensive mission by fighter aircraft to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft or targets of opportunity in an allotted area of operations. Fighters generally operate in an area where either enemy aircraft are expected or where the enemy radar can see them. In the latter case, the enemy aircraft may be scrambled and lured into air combat.
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However, it also goes further and explains OCA attack operations will be planned and executed within the larger offensive campaign against the adversary targets and conducted simultaneously with suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), fighter sweep, and fighter escort operations.
Offensive counter has four elements: surface attack, fighter sweep, escort, and suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD).
The AAC concept provides fighter sweep, SAM suppression, and escort jamming from global range when access denial prevents the execution of these missions from regional bases.
In other action over or near Rabaul on October 23, Beaufighters conducting a fighter sweep over Jacquinot Bay south of Rabaul shot down a reconnaissance floatplane; and a P-38 escorting an F-5 photo reconnaissance plane failed to return.
(16) After the 52d Fighter Group left the lead groups of bombers at 1030, as planned, for their assigned fighter sweep out ahead of the bomber formations, only thirty-six fighter r escorts from the 332d Fighter Group were left to escort the scattered four groups of the 5th Bombardment Wing, with their 112 bombers, over Memmingen.
It describes the efforts of the Royal Air Force (RAF) against the German Luftwaffe, focusing on the strategies of circus operations and fighter sweeps. The account gives details from both sides, drawing on archives and government documents in England and Germany.
(45) Close escort, a restrictive mission that tied the escorts to the bombers and put them at a serious tactical disadvantage, was known as Jagdschutz ("fighter protection") and the free-ranging and far more effective fighter sweeps were called freie Jagd ("free hunt").
After securing victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Royal Air Force wasted no time in moving over to the offensive, mounting increasingly large-scale fighter sweeps over Nazioccupied France.
It said: "On their [the RAF] inception, they were the most powerful air force in the world with heroes like The Red Baron making fighter sweeps on the Western Front."
He recalls fighter sweeps over El Alamein, Egypt and Tunisia, actions that helped the Allies declare victory in the North African campaign on May 13, 1943.
He later completed more than 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern France and Belgium and was officially credited with three enemy aircraft destroyed, four probables and several damaged.
The Germans unleashed a series of free-roving fighter sweeps, known as Freie Jagd (Free Hunts).