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6 Weapons Squadron (ACC)

Lineage. Organized as 6 Aero Squadron on 13 Mar 1917.  Redesignated as: 6 Observation Squadron on 14 Mar 1921; 6 Pursuit Squadron on 30 Aug 1921; 6 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 6 Dec 1939; 6 Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942; 6 Night Fighter Squadron on 9 Jan 1943.  Inactivated on 20 Feb 1947.  Redesignated as 6 Weapons Squadron on 12 Jun 2017.  Activated on 20 Jun 2017. 


Assignments. Hawaiian Department, 13 Mar 1917; 2 Observation (later, 5 Observation; later,5 Pursuit and Bombardment; later, 5th Composite) Group, 15 Sep 1919; 18 Pursuit (later, 18 Fighter) Group, Jan 1927; 15 Fighter Group, 16 Mar 1943; VII Fighter Command, 5 Jun 1944 (attached to 318 Fighter Group, 11 Jan-16 Mar 1945); 7 Fighter Wing, 12 May 1945; Pacific Air Command, 1 Jan 1946; 314 Composite Wing, 10 Jun 1946-20 Feb 1947 (attached directly to Fifth Air Force, 7 Sep 1946-20 Feb 1947).  USAF Weapons School, 20 Jun 2017-.   


Stations. Ft Kamehameha, Territory of Hawaiian Island (TH), 13 Mar 1917; Luke Field (Ford Island until 30 Apr 1919), TH, 25 Sep 1918; Wheeler Field, TH, 11 Jan 1927; Kahuku, TH, 30 Aug 1942; Kipapa, TH, 17 Nov 1942 (one detachment operated from Guadalcanal, 28 Feb-15 Sep 1943, and another operated from New Guinea, 18 Apr-14 Sep 1943); John Rodgers Aprt, TH, 3 Mar 1944 (detachment operated from Saipan, 21 Jun 1944-11 Jan 1945); Kipapa, TH, 28 Oct 1944; East Field, Saipan, 11 Jan 1945 (detachment operated from Kipapa, TH, 11 Jan-12 May 1945); Kagman Field, Saipan, Feb-1 May 1945; Kipapa, TH, 12 May 1945; Wheeler Field, TH, 2 Oct 1945-31 May 1946; Atsugi, AAB, Japan, 11 Jun 1946; Yokota AAB, Japan, 1 Sep 1946-20 Feb 1947.  Nellis AFB, NV, 20 Jun 2017-. 


Aircraft.  N-9, R-6, and HS2L during period 1918-1920; in addition to DH-4, included HS2L, JN-6, MB-3, and D-7 during period 1920-1926; in addition to PW-9, included DH-4 and C-2 during period 1927-1930; in addition to P-12, included PW-9, BT-2BI, B-12, and OA-3 during period 1931-1938; in addition to P-26 and P-36, included BT-2BI, B-12, and OA-9 during period 1939-1941; P-40, 1941-1942; B-18, 1942; P-70, 1942-1944; P-38, 1943; P-47, 1943-1945; P-61, 1944-1947. 


Operations. Lost all but one plane (P-40B) as a result of Japanese attack on Hawaiian Islands, 7 Dec 1941; Combat in Central, South, and Southwest Pacific, 7 Dec 1941-14 Aug 1945. 


Service Streamers. None.


Campaign Streamers. World War II: Central Pacific; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Western Pacific; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. 


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.


Decorations. None.


Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 21 Mar 2018.


Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 20 Feb 1947.


Supersedes statement contained in Maurer Maurer’s Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1969. 


Emblem. Approved on 8 Jul 1924. 


Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman.