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457 FIGHTER SQUADRON (AFRC)

Posted 9/23/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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457 Fighter Squadron (AFRC) Emblem
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Lineage. Constituted as 457 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 5 Oct 1944. Activated on 21 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 16 Dec 1945. Redesignated as 457 Strategic Fighter Squadron on 20 Nov 1952. Activated on 20 Jan 1953. Redesignated as: 457 Fighter-Day Squadron on 1 Jul 1957; 457 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 1 Jan 1958; 457 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 Jul 1958. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1959. Activated in the Reserve on 8 Jul 1972. Redesignated as 457 Fighter Squadron on 1 Feb 1992.
 
Assignments. 506 Fighter Group, 21 Oct 1944-16 Dec 1945. 506 Strategic Fighter (later, 506 Fighter-Day; 506 Fighter-Bomber; 506 Tactical Fighter) Wing, 20 Jan 1953-1 Apr 1959. 506 Tactical Fighter Group, 8 Jul 1972; 301 Tactical Fighter (later, 301 Fighter) Wing, 25 Mar 1973; 301 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-.

Stations. Lakeland AAFld, FL, 21 Oct 1944-16 Feb 1945; North Field, Iwo Jima, 25 Apr-3 Dec 1945 (air echelon operated from Tinian, 23 Mar-11 May 1945); Camp Anza, CA, 15-16 Dec 1945. Dow AFB, ME, 20 Jan 1953; Tinker AFB, OK, 20 Mar 1955-1 Apr 1959. Carswell AFB (later, ARS) TX, 8 Jul 1972-.

Commanders. Maj Malcolm C. Watters, Oct 1944; Maj Daun G. Anthony, 12 Jun 1945; Capt Jack H. Folsom, 10 Sep 1945-unkn. 2Lt Francis E. Cabrillias III, Jan 1953; Maj John M. Porter, Feb 1953; Maj Thomas E. Stewart, Oct 1954; Maj Alfred N. King, May 1955; Maj Charles E. Francis, 1 Dec 1957; Lt Col Ralph E. Keyes, 1 Oct 1958; Maj Charles E. Francis, 12 Jan 1959; Capt Frederick T. Hiebert, 22 Jan 1959; 1Lt Douglas W. Case, 2 Feb 1959; Maj George J. Hayes, 13 Feb-1 Apr 1959. Maj Gordon W. Goodier, Jul 1972; Lt Col Jervis W. McEntee, by Dec 1973; Lt Col Leo J. Canavan, 5 Mar 1977; Lt Col Robert H. Jones, 16 Jan 1979; Lt Col Randolph S. Reynolds, by May 1984; Lt Col Frederick R. Flom, 13 Dec 1984; Lt Col Eugene L. Haggerty, by Oct 1987; Lt Col Courtlan Hazelton, Apr 1988; Lt Col Floyd G. Whitehouse III, by Oct 1990; Lt Col Michael L. Goode, 7 Mar 1992; Lt Col Carl M. Gough Jr., Mar 1993; Lt Col James M. Sluder III, 4 Jun 1994; Lt Col Thomas R. Coon, 15 Jun 1996; Lt Col Frank E. Anderson, 3 Jan 1998; Lt Col William Schauffert, 25 Apr 2001; Lt Col Kenneth Bachelor, 25 Sep 2002; Lt Col Tommy Williams, 1 Jun 2004; Lt Col Robert Mortensen, 4 Mar 2006; Lt Col Keith A. Knudson, 1 Mar 2008; Lt Col Christopher Yancy, 7 Nov 2009-.

Aircraft. P-51, 1944-1945. F-84, 1953-1957; F-100, 1957-1958. F-105, 1972-1982; F-4, 1981-1991; F-16, 1990-.

Operations. Trained in the continental United States, Oct 1944-Feb 1945. Moved to western Pacific Ocean in spring of 1945. Escorted B-29 bombers in raids against Japan, and attacked targets such as enemy airfields, May-Aug 1945. Between 1953 and 1959, and again since July 1972, trained for a variety of tactical air missions. Frequently deployed for training exercises, some of them overseas. Took part in Operation Deny Flight, enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia, in mid-1990s. Participated in training exercises and deployments. Provided resources for Operations Northern Watch (1999-2000), Southern Watch (2001), Noble Eagle (2001-), and Iraqi Freedom (2003-).
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Japan.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Japan, 7-10 Jun 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 14 May 1992-13 May 1994; 30 Jun 1995-1 Jul 1997; 1 Oct 2000-30 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2006; 1 Oct 2006-30 Sep 2008.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Commanders, Aircraft, and Honors through 10 Aug 2010.

Emblem. Approved on 20 Jan 1945, modified on 27 Apr 2000.

Supersedes statement prepared on 7 Nov 2000.
 
Prepared by Robert B. Kane.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.







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