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493 FIGHTER SQUADRON (USAFE)

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Lineage. Constituted 56 Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 56 Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 28 Aug 1942; 493 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 Aug 1943; 493 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 30 May 1944. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 493 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 25 Jun 1952. Activated on 10 Jul 1952. Redesignated: 493 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 8 Jul 1958; 493 Fighter Squadron on 1 Oct 1991. Inactivated on 18 Dec 1992. Activated on 1 Jan 1994. 

Assignments. 48 Bombardment (later, 48 Fighter-Bomber; 48 Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-7 Nov 1945. 48 Fighter-Bomber Group, 10 Jul 1952; 48 Fighter-Bomber (later, 48 Tactical Fighter; 48 Fighter) Wing, 8 Dec 1957-18 Dec 1992 (attached to 48 Fighter Wing [Provisional], 2 Sep 1990-15 Mar 1991 and 7440 Composite Wing, Sep-Dec 1991). 48 Operations Group, 1 Jan 1994-. 

Stations. Savannah, GA, 15 Jan 1941; Will Rogers Field, OK, 23 May 1941; Savannah, GA, 7 Feb 1942; Key Field, MS, 28 Jun 1942; William Northern Field, TN, 20 Aug 1943; Walterboro, AAFld, SC, 27 Jan-13 Mar 1944; Ibsley, England, 29 Mar 1944; Deux Jumeaux, France, 18 Jun 1944; Villacoublay, France, 29 Aug 1944; Cambrai/Niergnies, France, 16 Sep 1944; St Trond, Belgium, c. 5 Oct 1944; Kelz, Germany, 26 Mar 1945; Kassel, Germany, 17 Apr 1945; Illesheim, Germany, 28 Apr 1945; Laon, France, 5 Jul-Aug 1945; Seymour Johnson Field, NC, 9 Sep-7 Nov 1945. Chaumont AB, France, 10 Jul 1952; RAF Lakenheath, England, 6 Jan 1960-18 Dec 1992 (deployed to Taif, Saudi Arabia, 2 Sep 1990-15 Mar 1991 and Incirlik AB, Turkey, Sep-Dec 1991). RAF Lakenheath, England, 1 Jan 1994-. 

Commanders. Lt L. G. Drafts, 15 Jan 1941; 2 Lt S. Harper, 31 May 1941; Capt C. U. True, 30 Jun 1941; Capt Osbourne, c. Feb 1942; Capt Pelham, c. May 1942; Maj Williams, c. Aug 1943; Maj Richard T. W. Rivers, 19 Sep 1943; Lt Col William C. Bryson, 19 Jan 1944; Maj Stanley P. Latiolais, 15 Oct 1944; Maj William H. Casterline, 10 Jun-7 Nov 1945. Maj Donald W. Coulson, 10 Jul 1952; Lt Col Howard W. Jensen, 16 Feb 1953; Lt Col Arthur D. Thomas, c. Nov 1953; Maj Paul C. Harrold, 10 Jul 1954; Maj Felix Kozaczka, c. Jan 1956; Col Earl P. Maxwell, 1 Sep 1958; Maj Robert L. James, 18 Apr 1959; Lt Col Francis E. Binnell, 19 Aug 1959; Maj David T. Davidson, 21 Jun 1961; Lt Col Rufus W. Scott, 16 Jun 1963; Maj William G. Hartling, 20 Jun 1965; Lt Col Carl L. Brunson, 1 Jun 1966; Maj Robert F. Freeman, Jan 1968; Maj Gerald D. Ray, c. Nov 1968; Lt Col Roland W. Parks, 2 Dec 1968; Lt Col Uriel B. Alford Jr., 4 Sep 1970; Lt Col Thomas D. Pulham, 1 Nov 1971; Lt Col Willard F. Langford, 1 Dec 1972; Lt Col Wayne R. Lehr, 28 Feb 1975; Lt Col Edward R. Bracken, 29 Jun 1977; Lt Col Jacob Gawelko, 1 Jun 1978; Lt Col William E. Collins, 4 Apr 1980; Lt Col William M. LaTulipe, 10 Jul 1981; Lt Col Vernon Handel, 15 Jun 1982; Lt Col Gary B. Thomsen, 20 Dec 1982; Lt Col Arnold L. Franklin Jr., 7 Dec 1984; Lt Col Daniel H. Robinson, 5 Sep 1986; Lt Col James E. Roper, 6 Nov 1987; Lt Col James M. Carlin, 1 May 1989; Lt Col Michael J. Malone, 21 May 1990; Lt Col David White, 4 Oct 1991-18 Dec 1992. Lt Col Irving L. Halter, 7 Jan 1994; Lt Col Norman R. Riegsecker Jr., 30 Jun 1995; Lt Col Mark A. Barrett, 18 Apr 1997; Lt Col William E. MacLure, 2 Jul 1998; Lt Col Mark P. Fitzgerald, 23 Jun 2000; Lt Col Martin J. Schans Jr., 17 Dec 2001; Lt Col John K. McMullen, 30 May 2003; Lt Col Edward B. Denholm, 3 Jun 2005; Lt Col Craig D. Wills, 18 Apr 2007-. 

Aircraft. A-18, 1941; A-20, 1941-1942; A-35, 1942-1943; P-40, 1943; P-39, 1943-1944; P-47, 1944-1945. F-84, 1952-1954; F-86, 1953-1956; F-100, 1956-1972; F-4, 1972-1977; F-111, 1977-1992. F-15, 1994-. 

Operations. Antisubmarine patrols, Mar-Apr 1942. Replacement training, 1942-1943. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 20 Apr 1944-4 May 1945. Between 1952-1990: conducted aerial gunnery training and special weapons operations; trained for conventional and nuclear bombing missions in support of NATO. Participated in the air raid on Tripoli, Libya, 14/15 Apr 1986. Combat in Southwest Asia, Jan-Feb 1991. Supported USAFE, USEUCOM and NATO war plans and contingency operations, 1994-.
 
Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease Fire Campaign. Kosovo: Air Campaign. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 6 Dec 1944. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation: Libya, 10-16 Apr 1986. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1961-29 Feb 1964; 1 Jul 1966-30 Jun 1968; 14 Oct 1976-31 Dec 1977; 1 Apr 1978-31 Mar 1980; 1 Jul 1984-30 Jun 1986; 1 Jul 1986-30 Jun 1988; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990; 20 Aug 1990-11 May 1991; 1 Jul-18 Dec 1992 and 1 Jan-30 Jun 1994; 1 Oct 2000-24 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2004-31 Oct 2005; 1 Nov 2005-31 Dec 2006; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2007. Cited in the Orders of the Day, Belgian Army: 6 Jun-30 Sep 1944; 1 Oct-17 Dec 1944; 18 Dec 1944-15 Jan 1945. Belgian Fourragere. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 11 Sep 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 29 May 2008. 

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (Washington: USGPO, 1999). 

Emblem. Approved on 20 Aug 2003. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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