329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
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The 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Los Angeles Air Defense Sector at George Air Force Base, California, where it was inactivated on 1 July 1967.
World War II
Established in mid-1942 as a IV Fighter Command Operational Training Unit (OTU) with a mission to train fighter pilots on single-engine fighter aircraft. Later became a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Inactivated in early 1944 when the need for fighter pilots was reduced.
The squadron was redesignated the 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and reactivated at George Air Force Base, California in August 1955 as part of Air Defense Command's Project Arrow, which was designed to bring back on the active list the fighter units which had compiled memorable records in the two world wars. At George. the squadron replaced the 456th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which had been detached from the 520th Air Defense Group at Truax Field, Wisconsin, assuming its North American F-86D Sabres and its mission to provide air defense over the Southern California region.
In the spring of 1957 it received F-86L Sabres and a year later transitioned into Convair F-102A Delta Dagger aircraft. In July 1960 the unit began flying Convair F-106 Delta Darts. The 329th was inactivated on 31 July 1967 as part of the phasedown of ADC.
- Constituted as the 329th Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) on 24 June 1942
- Activated on 10 July 1942
- Redesignated 329th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine c. 1 August 1943
- Disbanded on 31 March 1944
- Reconstituted and redesignated 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 June 1955
- Activated on 18 August 1955
- Inactivated on 1 July 1967
- 328th Fighter Group, 10 July 1942 – 31 March 1944
- 27th Air Division, 18 August 1955
- 4722d Air Defense Group, 1 December 1956
- 27th Air Division, 25 June 1958
- Los Angeles Air Defense Sector, 1 October 1959
- 27th Air Division, 1 April 1966 – 1 July 1967
- Hamilton Field, California, 10 July 1942
- Oakland Municipal Airport California, 2 November 1942
- Portland Army Air Base, Oregon, 7 October 1943
- Concord Army Air Field, California, 18 December 1943 – 31 March 1944.
- George Air Force Base, California, 18 August 1955 – 1 July 1967
- Bell P-39 Airacobra, 1942–1944
- North American F-86D Sabre, 1955–1958
- Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, 1958–1960
- Convair F-106 Delta Dart, 1960–1967
- Aircraft is Convair F-106A Delta Dart serial 59-23, taken in the mid-1960s.
- Aircraft is North American F-86D-40-NA Sabre serial 52-3719. Taken at George AFB, California, July 1957. Two stripes on the fuselage represent Operations Officer's aircraft.
- Aircraft is Convair F-102A-90-CO Delta Dagger serial 57-811. Taken about 1959.
- Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 406
- Buss, Sturm, Volan, & McMullen, p.6
- Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 562
- Lineage, including assignments, stations and aircraft, through 1963 in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 406
- Buss, Lydus H.(ed), Sturm, Thomas A., Volan, Denys, and McMullen, Richard F., History of Continental Air Defense Command and Air Defense Command July to December 1955, Directorate of Historical Services, Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, CO, (1956)
- Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946 - 1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) . Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- "ADCOM's Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor. Aerospace Defense Command. Vol. 21 (No. 1): 5–11, 26–31, 40–45, 54–59. January 1979.