389th Fighter Squadron

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389th Fighter Squadron
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389th Fighter Squadron General Dynamics F-16C Block 52D Fighting Falcon 91-0386.jpg
389th Squadron F-16C Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico during a Combat Archer mission[note 1]
Active 1943–1946; 1953–1959; 1962–1991; 1992–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Fighter
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Mountain Home Air Force Base
Engagements European Theater of Operations
Vietnam War
Global War on Terror[1]
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Belgian Fourragère
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
389th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 15 September 1993)[1] 389th Fighter Squadron.jpg
Original 389th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 13 February 1945)[2]

The 389th Fighter Squadron is part of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. It operates McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft conducting close air support missions. Its current commander is Lt. Col. David Och.


Perform close air support, interdiction, strategic attack, suppression of enemy air defense, and defensive counterair missions, employing the full array of U.S. Air Force capabilities including precision-guided munitions, inertially-aided munitions, night vision goggles, fighter data link 366 OG Fact Sheet


World War II[edit]

389th Fighter Squadron Republic P-47D Thunderbolt[note 2]

The 389th flew combat in the European Theater of Operations from 14 March 1943 to 3 May 1945.[1]

Lt. Col. John B. England, who was commander of the 389th Fighter-Bomber Squadron from Alexandria AFB, was killed when his F-86 crashed into the woods near Toul. He was returning from gunnery practice near Tripoli, Libya. The fog was very thick and visibility was near zero. After several attempts to locate the runway his plane suffered fuel starvation. At this moment he sighted a portion of the runway and was in a glide with a high probability of a successful landing. But his glide path took him over the barracks where his men were housed. He calmly stated on the radio that this was not an acceptable risk. He turned an crashed into a wooded area outside the base perimeter. In his honor, Alexandria AFB was renamed England Air Force Base, and retained that name until its closure in 1993.

Tactical Air Command[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

389th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4D[note 3]

The squadron flew combat operations in Southeast Asia from 14 March 1966 to 8 October 1971.[1]

Recent operations[edit]

The squadron trained F-111 Aardvark aircrews from 30 September 1979 to 26 June 1991. It rotated aircraft and personnel to Southwest Asia throughout the 1990s in support of Operation Southern Watch. It furnished resources for units participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Pilots and aircraft deployed from unit conducted close air support mission after 2005, although the unit itself remained in the United States.[1]


  • Constituted as the 389th Fighter Squadron (Single-Engine) on 24 May 1943
Activated on 1 June 1943
Redesignated 389th Fighter Squadron, Single-Engine on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 20 August 1946
  • Redesignated 389th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 15 August 1952
Activated on 1 January 1953
Redesignated 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron 1 July 1958
Inactivated on 1 April 1959
  • Activated on 30 April 1962 (not organized)
Organized on 8 May 1962
Redesignated 389th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 30 Sep 1979
Inactivated on 22 July 1991
  • Redesignated 389th Fighter Squadron on 1 March 1992
Activated on 11 March 1992[1]




See also[edit]



  1. ^ Aircraft is a General Dynamics F-16C Block 52 Fighting Falcon serial 91-386 preparing to fire an AIM-120 AMRAAM at a sub-scale aerial target drone on 26 March 2003
  2. ^ Aircraft is Republic P-47D-15-RE Thunderbolt serial 42-76347 nicknamed "Jenny Rebel"
  3. ^ Aircraft is McDonnell F-4D-33-MC Phantom II serial 66-8820.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dollman, TSG David (October 4, 2016). "Factsheet 389 Fighter Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 477-478
  3. ^ a b Station number in Anderson.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Station number in Johnson.


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