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2 FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Lineage. Constituted 2d Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 2d Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942; 2d Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 20 Aug 1944. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945. Redesignated 2d Fighter Squadron (All Weather) on 18 Oct 1946. Activated on 9 Nov 1946. Redesignated: 2d Fighter Squadron, All Weather, on 10 May 1948; 2d Fighter-All Weather Squadron on 20 Jan 1950; 2d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969. Activated on 1 Jul 1971. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1973. Redesignated 2d Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron on 15 Aug 1974. Activated on 1 Sep 1974. Redesignated: 2d Fighter Weapons Squadron on 1 Feb 1982; 2d Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 1 May 1984; 2d Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991.

Assignments. 52d Pursuit (later, 52d Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-7 Nov 1945. 52d Fighter (later, 52d Fighter-All Weather; 52d Fighter-Interceptor) Group, 9 Nov 1946; 4709th Defense Wing, 6 Feb 1952; 568th Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953; 4709th Defense (later, 4709th Air Defense) Wing, 8 Jul 1954; 52d Fighter Group, 18 Aug 1955; 52d Fighter Wing, 1 Jul 1963; 52d Fighter Group, 30 Sep 1968-31 Dec 1969. 23d Air Division, 1 Jul 1971-31 Mar 1973. Air (later, USAF Air) Defense Weapons Center, 1 Sep 1974; 325th Fighter Weapons (later, 325th Tactical Training) Wing, 1 Jul 1981; 325th Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991-.

Stations. Selfridge Field, MI, 15 Jan 1941; Norfolk, VA, 17 Dec 1941; Selfridge Field, MI, 14 Jan 1942; Florence, SC, 18 Feb 1942; Wilmington, NC, 27 Apr 1942; Grenier Field, NH, 14 Jun-19 Jul 1942; Eglinton, Northern Ireland, 19 Aug 1942; Goxhill, England, 26 Aug-27 Oct 1942 (air echelon at Biggin Hill, England, 26 Aug-13 Sep 1942; Gibraltar, 6-8 Nov 1942; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 8-14 Nov 1942); La Senia, Algeria, 13 Nov 1942 (air echelon at Maison Blanche, Algeria, 24 Nov-4 Dec 1942; Bone, Algeria, 28 Nov 1942-11 Jan 1943); Orleansville, Algeria, 30 Dec 1942 (air echelon at Bone, Algeria, to 11 Jan 1943; at Biskra, Algeria, 4 Jan-19 Jan 1943); Relizane, Algeria, 15 Jan 1943; Biskra, Algeria, 20 Jan 1943; Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria, 16 Feb 1943 (air echelon at Thelepte No. 1, Tunisia, 15-17 Feb 1943; Youks-les-Bains, 17-20 Feb 1943; and at Canrobert, Algeria, 20 Feb 1943); Ain M'Lila, Algeria, 23 Feb 1943; Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, 8 Mar 1943 (air echelon at Thelepte No. 2, Tunisia, 10 Mar-6 Apr 1943; Sbeitla, Tunisia, 6-14 Apr 1943; Gidem [Le Sers No. 3], Tunisia, 14-20 Apr 1943); Le Sers, Tunisia, 20 Apr 1943; La Sebala, Tunisia, 22 May 1943 (air echelon at Le Sers No. 3, Tunisia, 22-23 May 1943; Bocca di Falco, Sicily, 29 Jul-6 Aug 1943); Bocca di Falco, Sicily, 6 Aug 1943; Borgo, Corsica, 3 Dec 1943; Aghione Airfield, Corsica, 27 Apr 1944; Madna Airfield, Italy, 16 May 1944 (air echelon at Piryatin, USSR, 4-6 Jul 1944); Piagiolino Airfield, Italy, 21 Apr 1945; Lesina Airfield, Italy, c. 10 Jul-13 Aug 1945; Drew Field, FL, 25 Aug-7 Nov 1945. Schweinfurt, Germany, 9 Nov 1946; Bad Kissingen, Germany, 5 May-25 Jun 1947; Mitchel Field (later, AFB), NY, 25 Jun 1947; McGuire AFB, NJ, 4 Oct 1949; Suffolk County AFB, NY, 18 Aug 1955-31 Dec 1969. Wurtsmith AFB, MI, 1 Jul 1971-31 Mar 1973. Tyndall AFB, FL, 1 Sep 1974-.

Aircraft. P-40, 1941-1942; P-39, 1942; Spitfire, 1942-1944; P-51, 1944-1945. A-26, 1946-1947; P(later, F)-61, 1947-1948; F-82, 1948-1950; F-94, 1950-1953; F-84, 1953; F-86, 1953-1957; F-102, 1957-1959; F-101, 1959-1969. F-106, 1971-1973. F-101, 1974-1981; F-106, 1974-1984; F-15, 1984-.

Operations. Combat in ETO and MTO, Aug 1942-30 Apr 1945. Air defense, 1947-1969, and 1971-1973. Fighter-Interceptor training, 1974-1984. Air superiority and dissimilar air combat training, 1984-. NORAD alert duty, 1988-1990.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 9 Jun 1944; Rumania, 31 Aug 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1971-31 Mar 1972; [1 Sep 1974]-31 May 1975; 1 Jul 1981-31 Mar 1983; 1 Jun 1983-31 May 1985.

Emblem. Approved on October 7, 1999.







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