44th Fighter Squadron

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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]

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

History[edit]

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.

2013 Sequestration[edit]

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]

  • 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]

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]

Aircraft Operated[1][edit]

Operations[1][edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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