44th Fighter Squadron

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44th Fighter Squadron
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Four F-15C Eagles fly in formation off the coast of Japan (25896707120).jpg
Four squadron F-15 Eagles in formation off the coast of Japan
Active 1941-present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Fighter
Part of Pacific Air Forces
Garrison/HQ Kadena Air Base
Nickname(s) Vampires[citation needed]
Engagements Southwest Pacific Theater
Vietnam War
Global War on Terrorism
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Carrol Chandler
Insignia
44th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 18 February 1942)[1] 44th Fighter Squadron.jpg

The 44th Fighter Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.[2] The 44th Pursuit Squadron was activated on 1 January 1941 and assigned to the 18th Pursuit Group.[2]

Mission[edit]

The 44 FS operates the F-15 Eagle aircraft conducting air superiority missions.[2]

History[edit]

World War II[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.[1]

Vietnam War[edit]

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 named as the winner of the Raytheon Trophy for 2012.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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.[3] 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.[3]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 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[1]

Assignments[edit]

Attached to 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing 25 July – 30 November 1950, 6200th Air Base Wing until 30 January 1953, Thirteenth Air Force until 10 November 1954
Attached to Thirteenth Air Force 11 December 1954 – 4 January 1955, 6200th Air Base Wing unitl January 1955, Air Task Group Fifth, Provisional until 16 February 1955, 6200th Air Base Wing until 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 after 1 February 1957
  • 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing (later 18 Tactical Fighter Wing), 1 October 1957
Attached to 2d Air Division 18 December 1964 – 25 February 1965, 21 April–23 June 1965, and 19–29 October 1965
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
  • 18th Tactical Fighter Group, 1 May 1978
  • 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 11 February 1981
  • 18th Operations Group, 1 October 1991–present[1]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dollman, TSG Davis (16 October 2016). "Factsheet 44 Fighter Squadron (PACAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Library: History: 18th Wing History". 18th Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Everstein, Brian; Weisgerber, Marcus (8 April 2013). "Reduced flying hours forces grounding of 17 USAF combat air squadrons". Military Times. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

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

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