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USAF 118th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II Patch

 
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118th FIGHTER SQUADRON

 

LINEAGE. Organized as 118th Aero Squadron on 31 Aug 1917. Redesignated 639th Aero Squadron on 1 Feb 1918. Demobilized on 6 Jun 1919. Reconstituted and consolidated (1936) with 118th Observation Squadron which, having been alloted to NG, was activated on 1 Nov 1923. Ordered to active service on 24 Feb 1941. Redesignated: 118th Observation Squadron (Light) on 13 Jan 1942; 118th Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 118th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 2 Apr 1943; 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 118th Fighter Squadron, and allotted to ANG, on 24 May 1946. 118th Fighter Squadron (SE) extended federal recognition on 7 Aug 1946. Redesignated: 118th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 28 Sep 1950; 118th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 1 Dec 1952; 118th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 1 May 1956; 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 30 Nov 1957; 118th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 1 Sep 1960; 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 12 Jun 1971; 118th Fighter Squadron on 15 Mar 1992; 118th Airlift Squadron, 1 Apr 2008-.

 

ASSIGNMENTS. Unkn, 31 Aug 1917-Jun 1918; Second Corps Aeronautical School, Jun 1918-c. Mar 1919; unkn, c. Mar-6 Jun 1919. Connecticut NG (divisional aviation, 43d Division), 1 Nov 1923; IV Army Corps, 24 Feb 1941; 66th Observation (later Reconnaissance; Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 1 Sep 1941; III Reconnaissance Command, Oct 1943; AAF, India-Burma Sector, Jan 1944 (attached to Tenth Air Force, 14 Feb-c. 12 Jun 1944); Fourteenth Air Force, c. 12 Jun 1944 (attached to 23d Fighter Group, c. 16 Jun 1944-c. 15 Aug 1945); Tenth Air Force, 1 Aug 1945; Fourteenth Air Force, 25 Aug-7 Nov 1945. Connecticut Air National Guard, 24 May 1946; 103rd Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 1 May 1956; 103rd Tactical Fighter Wing, 30 Nov 1957; 103rd Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 1 Sep 1960; 103rd Tactical Fighter Wing, 12 Jun 1971; 103rd Fighter Group, 15 Mar 1992; 103rd Fighter Wing, 11 Oct 1995-1 Apr 2008.

 

STATIONS. Kelly Field, TX, 31 Aug 1917; Garden City, NY, 3-13 Jan 1918; St Maixent, France, 29 Jan 1918; Ourches, France, 3 Mar 1918; Amanty, France (detachment at Ourches), c. 24 Mar 1918; Chatillon-sur-Seine, France, 8 Jun 1918-1919; Mitchel Field, NY, c. 22 May-6 Jun 1919. Hartford, CT, 1 Nov 1923; Jacksonville, FL, 16 Mar 1941; Charleston, SC, 22 Jan 1942; Tullahoma, TN, 8 Sep 1942; Morris Field, NC, 9 Nov 1942; Camp Campbell, KY, 2 Apr 1943; Statesboro AAFld, GA, 23 Jun 1943; Aiken AAFld, SC, 29 Aug 1943; Key Field, MS, 25 Oct-18 Dec 1943; Gitshkara, India, 16 Feb 1944 (detachments operated from Chakuha and Kharagpur, India, Mar-Jun 1944); Chengkung, China, Jun 1944 (air echeIon at Kewilin, China, 16 Jun-14 Sep 1944, Liuchow, China, 14 Sep-7 Nov 1944, and Suichwan, China, 12 Nov 1944-22 Jan 1945; operated primarily from Laohwangping, China, after 14 Apr 1945); Laohwangping, China, Jun 1945; Liuchow, China, c. 25 Aug-26 Sep 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 5-7 Nov 1945. Bradley Field, CT, 7 Aug 1946-. (operated from Suffolk County AFB, NY, 1 Feb 1951-1 Dec 1952)

 

AIRCRAFT. In addition to JN type, TW-3, PT-1, BT-1, 0-2, and O-17. briefly included DH-4, SE-5, and M-1 during period 1924-1932; O-38, 1931 c. 1937; in addition to O-46, 1936-1943, O-47, c. 1939-c. 1942, and P-39, c. 1942-1943, included O-49, O-57, O-58 and apparently O-59 during the period 1941-1942 and B-25, DB-7, L-5, and apparently P-40 during period 1942-1943; in addition to P-40 and P-51, 1944-1945, included L-5, 1944-1945, and F-6, 1945. P-47N, 1946-1952; F-51H, 1952-1953; F-84D, 1953-1956; F94B, 1956-1957; F-86H, 1957-1960; F-100A, 1960-1966; F/TF-102A, 1966-1971; F-100D/F, 1971-1979; A-10A, 1979-2008; C-21, 2007-.

 

OPERATIONS. Constructed facilities, repaired aircraft and equipment, served as transportation and supply unit in Zone of Advance, 1918-1919. Emergency operations while under state control included surveillance flights in Connecticut during labor troubles in 1934. Antisubmarine patrols, 26 Jan-c. Aug 1942; air defense patrols in India in area to rear of combat zone, 28 Mar-4 Jun 1944; combat in CBI as fighter unit, 18 Jun 1944-21 Jan 1945, 16 Apr-11 Aug 1945. Called to active duty as part of the Korean War call-up, 1951-1952. Air defense of Northeast USA, 1956-1971. Called to active duty as part of the Berlin Crisis call-up, 1961-1962. Close air support ground attack mission, 1971-2008.

 

SERVICE STREAMERS. Theater of Operations.

 

CAMPAIGNS. Antisubmarine, American theater; India-Burma; China Defensive; China Offensive.

 

DECORATIONS. Distinguished Unit Citation: Hunan Province, China, [18]-25 Jun 1944.

 

EMBLEM. Approved 13 Aug 1953.

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