|438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron|
Emblem of the 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
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The 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with 507th Fighter Wing, stationed at Kincheloe AFB, Michigan. It was inactivated on 30 September 1968.
History[edit | edit source]
Established in early 1943 as a III Fighter Command Operational training unit, operated P-39s and P-47s. Inactivated in 1944 with the end of Operational Training of units.
Reactivated in 1955 as an Air Defense Command fighter-interceptor squadron, stationed at Kinross (later named Kincheloe AFB), Michigan in April 1953 with F-94B Starfires. In the spring of 1954 it transitioned into F-89D Scorpions and in the summer of 1957 into F-102A Delta Daggers. In May 1960 it received F-106 Delta Darts. The squadron moved to Griffiss AFB, New York in August 1968 and on 30 September 1968 was redesignated the 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
Lineage[edit | edit source]
- Constituted 438th Fighter Squadron on 12 February 1943
- Activated on 20 February 1943
- Disbanded on 5 May 1944
- Reconstituted, and redesignated 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, on February 1953
- Activated on 27 April 1953
- Inactivated on 30 September 1968, personnel and equipment redesignated 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Assignments[edit | edit source]
- 53d Fighter Group, 20 February 1943 – 1 May 1944
- 534th Air Defense Group, 27 April 1953
- 507th Fighter Group, 18 August 1955
- 507th Fighter Wing, 1 February 1961 – 30 September 1968
Stations[edit | edit source]
- Fort Myers Army Airfield, Florida, 20 February 1943 – 1 May 1944
- Kinross (later Kincheloe) AFB, Michigan, 27 April 1953
- Griffiss AFB, New York, 30 August – 30 September 1968
Aircraft[edit | edit source]
- P-39 Aircobra, 1943
- P-47 Thunderbolt, 1943–1944
- F-94B Starfire, 1953
- F-89D Scorpion, 1953–1957
- F-102 Delta Dagger, 1957–1960
- F-106 Delta Dart, 1960–1968
References[edit | edit source]
- A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- Maurer, Maurer. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force: World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1982.
- USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).
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