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Operation Torch, US vs Vichy France


That time American planes fought American planes
The Allied invasion of Algeria and French Morocco in November 1942 was a complex and daring operation that would not have succeeded without American naval air power. U.S. Navy Task Force 34 voyaged through some 4,500 miles of U-boat–infested waters to land Army Maj. Gen. George S. Patton’s soldiers on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.

In addition to escorting warships, that flotilla — part of Operation Torch, as it was code-named — included the venerable aircraft carrier Ranger and four newly-minted escort carriers: Santee, Suwanee, Sangamon and Chenango. The flattops ferried 109 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighters, 36 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers and 27 Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bombers that would support the amphibious assault on the Vichy French.

Morocco’s defenses included a small squadron of French destroyers, a pair of submarines and the uncompleted battleship Jean Bart, moored in Casablanca Harbor. French air units in Morocco accounted for a total of 208 aircraft, nearly half of them built in the United States. In addition to Douglas DB-7s and Martin 167 Baltimore light bombers, they included 46 Curtiss H-75A fighters (export versions of the P-36A Hawk). Many of the Vichy fliers were veterans of combat with the Germans.
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Operation Torch, US vs Vichy France


That time American planes fought American planes
The Allied invasion of Algeria and French Morocco in November 1942 was a complex and daring operation that would not have succeeded without American naval air power. U.S. Navy Task Force 34 voyaged through some 4,500 miles of U-boat–infested waters to land Army Maj. Gen. George S. Patton’s soldiers on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.

In addition to escorting warships, that flotilla — part of Operation Torch, as it was code-named — included the venerable aircraft carrier Ranger and four newly-minted escort carriers: Santee, Suwanee, Sangamon and Chenango. The flattops ferried 109 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighters, 36 Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers and 27 Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bombers that would support the amphibious assault on the Vichy French.

Morocco’s defenses included a small squadron of French destroyers, a pair of submarines and the uncompleted battleship Jean Bart, moored in Casablanca Harbor. French air units in Morocco accounted for a total of 208 aircraft, nearly half of them built in the United States. In addition to Douglas DB-7s and Martin 167 Baltimore light bombers, they included 46 Curtiss H-75A fighters (export versions of the P-36A Hawk). Many of the Vichy fliers were veterans of combat with the Germans.
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Did they actually enage each other in combat???
 

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