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355 FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Lineage. Constituted 355th Fighter Squadron on 12 Nov 1942. Activated on 15 Nov 1942. Redesignated 355th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 21 Aug 1944. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Redesignated 355th Fighter-Day Squadron on 28 Sep 1956. Activated on 19 Nov 1956. Redesignated 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 Jul 1958. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1970. Activated on 1 Nov 1970. Redesignated 355th Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1992. Activated on 20 Aug 1993.

Assignments. 345th Fighter Group, 15 Nov 1942-31 Mar 1946. 354th Fighter-Day Group, 19 Nov 1956; 354th Fighter-Day (later, 354th Tactical Fighter) Wing, 25 Sep 1957 (attached to Seventeenth Air Force, 15 Jul-26 Oct 1958, 19 May-17 Sep 1959, 10 Sep 1960-16 Jan 1961, 7 Jul-14 Oct 1962, 3 Jul-17 Sep 1963; 8 Jun-28 Aug 1964, 2 Jul-25 Sep 1965, and 4 Dec 1965-23 Apr 1966; 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, 5 Sep-19 Nov 1961; 2d Air Division Provisional, 21 Oct-1 Dec 1962; Alaskan Air Command, 6-20 Feb 1963; and 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, 3 Feb 1968-); 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, 22 Apr 1968 (remained attached to 37th Tactical Fighter Wing to 4 Jul 1968); 37th Tactical Wing, 5 Jul 1968; 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, 19 May 1969-30 Sep 1970. 354th Tactical Fighter (later, 354th Fighter) Wing, 1 Nov 1970-31 Mar 1992 (attached 354th Combat Support Group, 15-16 Aug 1990; Tactical Fighter Wing Provisional, 354, 20 Dec 1990 2 Aug 1991). 354th Operations Group, 20 Aug 1993-.

Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 15 Nov 1942; Tonopah, NV, 20 Jan 1943; Hayward AAFld, CA, 4 May 1943; Portland AAB, OR, 3 Jun-6 Oct 1943; Greenham Common, England, 4 Nov 1943; Boxted, England, 13 Nov 1943; Lashenden, England, c. 14 Apr 1944; Cricqueville, France, c. 18 Jun 1944; Gael, France, 14 Aug 1944; Orconte, France, 21 Sep 1944 (operated from St. Dizier, France, c. 18 Nov-1 Dec 1944); Rosieres-en-Haye, France, 1 Dec 1944; Ober Olm, Germany, c. 4 Apr 1945; Ansbach, Germany, 1 May 1945; Herzogenaurach, Germany, c. 15 May 1945-15 Feb 1946; Bolling Field, DC, 15 Feb-31 Mar 1946. Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 19 Nov 1956-5 Jul 1968 (deployed at Adana AB, Turkey, 15 Jul-26 Oct 1958; Aviano AB, Italy, 19 May-17 Sep 1959 and 10 Sep 1960-16 Jan 1961; Hahn AB, Germany, 5 Sep-19 Nov 1961; Aviano AB, Italy, 7 Jul-14 Oct 1962; McCoy AFB, FL, 21 Oct-1 Dec 1962; Elmendorf AFB, AK, 6-20 Feb 1963; Incirlik AB, Turkey, 3 Jul-17 Sep 1963; Orland, Norway, 8-15 Jun 1964; Aviano AB, Italy, 15 Jun-28 Aug 1964 and 2 Jul-25 Sep 1965; Incirlik AB, Turkey, 4 Dec 1965-23 Apr 1966; Phu Cat AB, South Vietnam, 3 Feb-4 Jul 1968); Phu Cat AB, South Vietnam, 5 Jul 1968; Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 15 May 1969-30 Sep 1970. Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 1 Nov 1970-31 Mar 1992 (operated from Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 10 Oct 1972-16 Mar 1973 and 15 Oct 1973-26 Apr 1974; King Fahd, Saudi Arabia, 15 Aug 1990-2 Aug 1991). Eielson AFB, AK, 20 Aug 1993-.

Aircraft. P-39, 1943; P-51, 1943-1944, 1945-1946; P-47, 1944-1945. F-100, 1956-1970. A-7, 1970-1977; A-10, 1978-1992.

Operations. Air defense in US in 1943. Combat in ETO, 1 Dec 1943-8 May 1945. Combat in Southeast Asia, Feb 1968-Sep 1970 and Oct 1972-Mar 1973. Combat in Southwest Asia, Jan-Feb 1991.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Vietnam Ceasefire. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: ETO, [Dec] 1943-15 May 1944; France, 25 Aug 1944. Presidential Unit Citations: Southeast Asia, 1 Jul-31 Dec 1968; Southeast Asia, 10 Oct 1972-30 Apr 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 1962-31 Dec 1963; 3 Feb-30 Jun 1968; 1 Nov 1970-31 May 1972; 1 May 1974-30 Apr 1976; 1 Jan 1978-31 Mar 1979; 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1987; 1 May 1990-15 Mar 1992. French Croix De Guerre with Palm: 1 Dec 1943-31 Dec 1944. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 22 Jan 1968-31 Aug 1970.

Emblem. Over an Air Force Blue disc fimbriated White, bordered Silver-Gray, edged White, a peregrine falcon swooping downward to attack, wings up, head and underwings White, leg feathers, and backs of wings Black, beak and talons Air Force Golden Yellow, eyes Red, breast and face around eyes Silver-Gray; on the border between the wing tips in chief four stars and below wing tip in sinister one star, all in perspective White shaded Black; White outlines and details on leg feathers and back; Black outlines and details on head, wings and talons. Approved on 25 Jun 1957 (K 10328); replaced emblem approved on 10 Apr 1943 (156305 A.C.).







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