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USAF 45th Fighter Squadron Patch

 
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45th Fighter Squadron (AFRC) Lineage. Constituted as 45 Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) on 22 Nov 1940. Activated on 1 Dec 1940. Redesignated as: 45 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 12 Feb 1942; 45 Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942. Inactivated on 15 Oct 1946. Redesignated as 45 Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 11 Sep 1952. Activated on 1 Nov 1952. Redesignated as 45 Fighter-Day Squadron on 8 Oct 1954. Inactivated on 8 Jan 1958. Redesignated as 45 Tactical Fighter Squadron, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 8 May 1962. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1971. Activated on 1 Oct 1973. Redesignated as 45 Fighter Squadron on 1 Feb 1992. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1994.

 

Assignments. 15 Pursuit (later, 15 Fighter) Group, 1 Dec 1940-15 Oct 1946. 4709 Defense Wing, 1 Nov 1952; 519 Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953; Seventeenth Air Force, 1 Jun 1953 (attached to Air Defense Division [Prov], 8 Jun 1953); 316 Air Division, 18 Sep 1953-8 Jan 1958. Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962 (attached to 12 Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 May 1962); 15 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jul 1962; 1 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Oct 1970-1 Jul 1971. 930 Tactical Fighter Group, 1 Oct 1973; 434 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jul 1975; 930 Tactical Fighter (later, 930 Fighter; 930 Operations) Group, 1 Jul 1987-30 Sep 1994.

 

Stations. Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii (TH), 1 Dec 1940; Haleiwa Field, TH, 21 Dec 1941; Mokuleia Field, TH, 27 Dec 1941; Hilo Field, TH, 20 Oct 1942; Stanley Field, TH, 20 Dec 1942; Bellows Field, TH, 14 Aug 1943; Baker Island, 1 Sep 1943; Nanumea, 28 Nov 1943; Abemama, 4 Jan 1944 (operated from Makin, 15 Jan-24 Mar 1944); Mokuleia Field, TH, 6 Apr 1944; Bellows Field, TH, 19 Jun 1944-5 Feb 1945; South Field, Iwo Jima, 4 Mar 1945; Bellows Field, TH, 25 Nov 1945; Wheeler Field, TH, 9 Feb-15 Oct 1946. Suffolk County AFB, NY, 1 Nov 952; Sidi Slimane, French Morocco, 28 May 1953-8 Jan 1958. MacDill AFB, FL, 8 May 1962-1 Jul 1971. Grissom AFB, IN, 1 Oct 1973-30 Sep 1994.

 

Aircraft. P-26, 1940-1941; P-36, 1941; P-40, 1942-1944; P-47, 1944-1945; P-51, 1944-1946. F-86, 1952-1956; F-100, 1956-1957. F-84, 1962-1964; F-4, 1964-1971. A-37, 1973-1981; A-10, 1981-1994.

 

Operations. Endured Japanese attack on Oahu, 7 Dec 1941. Provided air defense for Hawaiian Islands, Jan 1942-Oct 1943 and for central Pacific islands, 23 Oct 1943-11 Mar 1944 and the Western Pacific, 12 Mar-14 Aug 1945. Provided air defense in the northeastern United States, Sep 1952-Apr 1953, and in northwest Africa, Jun 1953-Feb 1956 and Jan-Oct 1957. Participated in Tactical Air Command exercises, operations and tests, Oct 1962-Jun 1971 including combat missions while on temporary duty in Southeast Asia, Apr-Aug 1965. Trained to maintain combat ready status, 1973-1994.

 

Service Streamers. None.

 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Central Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan; Eastern Mandates; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Vietnam: Winter-Spring, 1970. Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Japan, 7 Apr 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1965-1 Jun 1966; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1969; 1 Jun 1992-31 Aug 1993.

 

Emblem. Approved 24 Aug 1944.

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