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531st Tactical Fighter Squadron
531st Tactical Fighter Squadron - North American F-100D-30-NA Super Sabre - 55-3809.jpg
531st Tactical Fighter Squadron North American F-100[1]
Active 1941-1946; 1953-1958; 1958-1970
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Fighter
531st Tactical Fighter Squadron emblem 531st Fighter Squadron - World War II emblem.png
58th Bombardment Squadron emblem 58th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem.png

The 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit, last assigned to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam. The squadron was inactivated on 31 July 1970.

History[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Squadron A-24B on Makin Island

Activated in Hawaii in 1941 as the 58th Bombardment Squadron(Light)a Bombardment/Reconnaissance squadron, being equipped with a mixture of B-18 Bolos, second-line P-26s, and A-20 Havocs. Was part of the air defense forces of Hawaii, many aircraft being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor Attack at Hickam Field. Re-equipped with A-24 Dauntless dive bombers in 1942, remained in Hawaii as an air defense squadron until 1943.

Re-designated as a fighter-bomber squadron in mid-1943, deploying to the Central Pacific in 1944 as part of the 21st Fighter Group. Returned to Hawaii and re-equipped with long-range P-38 Lightnings and returned to combat operations in the Central Pacific, operating from Iwo Jima beginning in early 1945 until the end of the war in August. Remained as part of Twentieth Air Force in the Marianas until inactivated in October 1946.

Cold War[edit | edit source]

531st Fighter-Bomber Squadron F-86F Sabre[2]

Reactivated in 1953 at George AFB, California as an F-86 Sabre Fighter-Bomber Squadron. Spent about a year under Tactical Air Command training, deploying to France in 1954 as part of the NATO buildup of the United States Air Forces in Europe during the early years of the Cold War. Operated from several bases in France during the 1950s, inactivated in 1958 as part of a USAFE reorganization.

Became part of PACAF in 1958, operated F-100 Super Sabres from Misawa AB, Japan as an air defense squadron. Deployed to South Vietnam, 1965 and carried out combat operations until inactivated in 1970.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted as the 58th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 22 November 1940
Activated on 1 January 1941
Redesignated 58th Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 19 October 1942
Redesignated 531st Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 14 August 1943
Redesignated 531st Fighter Squadron on 18 February 1944
Inactivated on 10 October 1946
  • Redesignated 531st Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 15 November 1952
Activated on 1 January 1953
Inactivated on 8 February 1958
  • Redesignated 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron on 19 May 1958
Activated on 1 July 1958[3]
Inactivated on 31 June 1970

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Stations[edit | edit source]

  • Hickam Field, Hawaii, 1 January 1941
  • Bellows Field, Hawaii, 18 March 1941
  • Hickam Field, Hawaii, 29 April 1941
  • Bellows Field, Hawaii, 11 December 1941
  • Wheeler Field, Hawaii, 19 December 1941 – 18 June 1943
  • Canton Island, Phoenix Islands, 24 June 1943
  • Makin Island, Gilbert Islands, 18 December 1943
  • Bellows Field, Hawaii, 1 March 1944
  • Kualoa Field, Hawaii, 21 April 1944
  • Mokuleia Field, Hawaii, 8 October 1944

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Aircraft is F-100D-30-NA Super Sabre serial 55-3809.
  2. Aircraft is North American F-86F Sabre serial 52-5193. Taken over France in 1955.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 638-639

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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