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70 Fighter Squadron

Lineage. Constituted 70th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 14 Dec 1940. Activated on 1 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 70th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942; 70th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 20 Aug 1943; 70th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 24 May 1944. Inactivated on 26 Dec 1945. Redesignated 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 8 Sep 1975. Activated on 30 Sep 1975. Redesignated 70th Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991.

Assignments. 35th Pursuit Group, 1 Jan 1941-15 Jan 1942; US Army Forces in Fiji, 28 Jan 1942; 347th Fighter Group, 3 Oct 1942; 18th Fighter Group, 30 Mar 1943; 347th Fighter Group, 1 Nov-26 Dec 1945. 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, 30 Sep 1975 (attached to 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, 29 Aug-28 Sep 1989); 347th Operations Group, 1 May 1991-.

Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 1 Jan 1941-12 Jan 1942; Fiji, 29 Jan 1942 (operated from Guadalcanal, 21 Dec 1942-Apr 1943); Guadalcanal, 6 Apr 1943; New Georgia, 18 Oct 1943; Sansapor, New Guinea, 23 Aug 1944 (operated from Morotai, 9 Nov 1944-16 Jan 1945); Lingayen, Luzon, 19 Jan 1945; San Jose, Mindoro, 26 Feb 1945; Zamboanga, Mindanao, 4 May 1945; Puerto Princesa, Palawan, 10 Nov-26 Dec 1945. Moody AFB, GA, 30 Sep 1975- (deployed at Ramstein AB, Germany, 29 Aug-28 Sep 1989).

Aircraft. P-36, 1941; P-39, 1942-1944; P-40, 1943; P-38, 1943-1945; RA-24, 1944. F-4, 1975-1987; F-16, 1987-.

Operations. Air Defense of Fiji, Feb-Dec 1942. Combat in South and Southwest Pacific, 21 Dec 1942-21 Jul 1944, and 9 Sep 1944-9 Aug 1945. Deployed aircraft and personnel to Southwest Asia, 10 Jan-16 Sep 1992.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: China Defensive; Guadalcanal; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Philippine Islands, 10-11 Nov 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1977-30 Apr 1978; 1 May 1978-31 May 1979; 23 Feb 1991-22 Feb 1993. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII).

Emblem. On an Ultramarine Blue disc, border Yellow Orange, a knight in armor on the back of a White charger with Yellow Orange wings, galloping toward dexter, while holding a lance in the form of a large, jagged, Yellow Orange lightning flash. MOTTO: WHITE KNIGHTS. Approved on 17 May 1945 (29592 A.C.). Emblem should be updated in accordance with AFI 84-105.