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44th Fighter Squadron
44th Fighter Squadron.jpg
44th Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 1 January 1941 - present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of Pacific Air Forces
5th Air Force
18th Wing
18th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Kadena Air Base
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Carrol Chandler

The 44th Fighter Squadron (44 FS) is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Mission[edit | edit source]

The 44 FS operates the F-15 Eagle aircraft conducting air superiority missions.

History[edit | edit source]

The 44th Flew patrols over the Pacific from Hawaii from 7 December 1941–October 1942. It went on to fly combat missions in the South and Southwest Pacific from 21 December 1942 – 15 August 1945. It again flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from 18 December 1964 – 25 February 1965, 21 April – 22 June 1965, 19 –29 October 1965, and 25 April 1967 – 6 October 1970.[1]

The squadron was unmanned from 31 December 1966 – 24 April 1967 and November 1970–15 May 1971. It has flown air defense over Okinawa and Japan since 1971.[1]

The 44th Fighter Squadron was recently named as the winner of the Raytheon Trophy for 2012. The 44th FS closed out the year with more than 3,000 sorties, logged more than 5,000 hours of flying, and provided air superiority for 11 countries across three continents. Awarded annually since 1953, the Raytheon trophy is awarded to the top air superiority or air defense squadron in the Air Force.

2013 Sequestration[edit | edit source]

Air Combat Command officials announced a stand down and reallocation of flying hours for the rest of the fiscal year 2013 due to mandatory budget cuts. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect 1 March when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.[2]

Squadrons either stood down on a rotating basis or kept combat ready or at a reduced readiness level called “basic mission capable” for part or all of the remaining months in fiscal 2013.[2] This affected the 44th Fighter Squadron with a reduction of its flying hours, placing it into a basic mission capable status from 5 April-30 September 2013.[2]

Lineage[1][edit | edit source]

  • Constituted 44th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 November 1940
Activated on 1 January 1941
Redesignated: 44th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Redesignated: 44th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 26 January 1944
Redesignated: 44th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 6 May 1946
Redesignated: 44th Fighter Squadron, Jet, on 23 December 1949
Redesignated: 44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 20 January 1950
Redesignated: 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 July 1958
Redesignated: 44th Fighter Squadron on 1 October 1991

Assignments[1][edit | edit source]

Attached to: 18 Fighter-Bomber Wing, 25 July – 30 November 1950
Attached to: 6200th Air Base Wing, 1 December 1950 – 30 January 1953
Attached to: Thirteenth Air Force, 31 January 1953-10 November 1954 and 11 December 1954 – 4 January 1955
Attached to: 6200th Air Base Wing, 5–27 January 1955
Attached to: Air Task Group Fifth, Provisional, 27 January – 16 February 1955
Attached to: 6200th Air Base Wing, 17 February – 14 July 1955
Attached to: Air Task Force 13, Provisional, 3–30 September 1955
Attached to: 314th Air Division, 15–18 April 1956
Attached to: 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing, 1 February – 30 September 1957
Attached to: 2d Air Division, 18 December 1964 – 25 February 1965, 21 April – 23 June 1965, and 19–29 October 1965
Attached to: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 10–14 October 1969
Attached to: 3d Tactical Fighter Wing, 2 April – 2 June 1972 and 28 July – 8 September 1972
Attached to: 327th Air Division, 6 November 1972 – 5 August 1973, 26 August – 16 September 1973, 7–28 October 1973, 18 November – 9 December 1973, 30 December 1973 – 20 January 1974, 10 February – 2 March 1974, 23 March – 13 April 1974, 4–25 May 1974, 15 June – 6 July 1974, 27 July – 16 August 1974, 5 September – 17 October 1974, 30 November 1974 – 9 January 1975, and 20 February – 10 April 1975

Bases stationed[1][edit | edit source]

Air echelon operated from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 20 December 1942 – 20 March 1944
Air echelon operated from Mono Airfield, Stirling Island, Solomon Islands, 20 March – 25 April 1944
Air echelon operated from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 11 May – 16 July 1944
Air echelon operated from Wama Airfield, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies, 7 November 1944 – 16 January 1945
Air echelon operated from Puerto Princesa Airfield, Palawan, Philippines, 26 April – 13 May 1945

Deployed to: Yontan Auxiliary AB, Okinawa, 11 November – 11 December 1954
Deployed to: Taoyuan Air Base, Formosa, 27 January – 17 February 1955
Deployed to: Taoyuan Air Base, Formosa, 3–30 September 1955
Deployed to: Pyongtaek AB, South Korea, 15–18 April 1956
Deployed to: Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 18 December 1964 – 25 February 1965, 21 April – 22 June 1965, and 10–29 October 1965 Jan 28, 1966 to 8 April 1966
Deployed to: Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 1–27 February 1969
  • Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 10 October 1969 – 15 March 1971
  • Kadena AB, Okinawa (later, Japan), 15 March 1971–present
Deployed to: Kunsan AB, South Korea, 2 April – 2 June 1972 and 28 July – 8 September 1972
Deployed to: Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, 6 November 1972 – 5 August 1973, 26 August – 16 September 1973, 7–28 October 1973, 18 November – 9 December 1973, 30 December 1973 – 20 January 1974, 10 February – 2 March 1974, 23 March – 13 April 1974, 4–25 May 1974, 15 June – 6 July 1974, 27 July – 16 August 1974, 5 September – 17 October 1974, 30 November 1974 – 9 January 1975, and 20 February – 10 April 1975
Deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 1998
Deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 2000
Deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey, June 2001
Deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 2002, Operation Southern Watch
Deployed to: SW Asia , October 2011 - April 2012
Deployed to: Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, July 2012 - January 2013

Aircraft Operated[1][edit | edit source]

Operations[1][edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5

External links[edit | edit source]


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