457th Fighter Squadron
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|457th Fighter Squadron|
|Active||1944–1945; 1953–1959; 1972–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Reserve Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth|
|Motto(s)||Spad to the Bone|
|Engagements||Pacific Ocean Theater|
Global War on Terrorism
|Decorations||Distinguished Unit Citation|
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
|457th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 27 April 2000)|
|457th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 20 January 1945)|
The 457th Fighter Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve Command unit, assigned to the 301st Operations Group at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, the squadron flies the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The squadron was first activated in 1944 as a long range fighter unit. It deployed to Iwo Jima in the spring of 1945 and engaged in combat until V-J Day, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation. It returned to the United States in December 1945 and was inactivated.
The squadron was again activated in 1953 as the 457th Strategic Fighter Squadron. In 1957, it was transferred from Strategic Air Command to Tactical Air Command as the 467th Fighter-Day Squadron. The squadron was inactivated in April 1959.
The 457th Fighter Squadron is part of the only 301st Fighter Wing. The aircraft of the 457th FS carry the base tail code TX on their F-16s. The tail code carried by 457th TFS aircraft when the NAS JRB Fort Worth was known as Carswell AFB was TF.
World War II
Trained in the continental United States, Oct 1944 – Feb 1945. Moved to western Pacific Ocean in spring of 1945. Escorted B-29 bombers in raids against Japan, and attacked targets such as enemy airfields, May–Aug 1945. Between 1953 and 1959, and again since July 1972, trained for a variety of tactical air missions. Frequently deployed for training exercises, some of them overseas.
Cold War fighter operations
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Reserve fighter operations
Took part in Operation Deny Flight, enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia, in mid-1990s. Participated in training exercises and deployments. Provided resources for Operation Northern Watch (1999–2000), Operation Southern Watch (2001), Operation Noble Eagle (2001–), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003–).
Global War on Terror
Since 9/11 units and individual personnel in various career fields have supported a number of missions related to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle's homeland defense, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 457th FS ended a two-month deployment to Balad Air Base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2005.
- Constituted as the 457th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 5 October 1944
- Activated on 21 October 1944
- Inactivated on 16 December 1945
- Redesignated 457th Strategic Fighter Squadron on 20 November 1952
- Activated on 20 January 1953
- Redesignated 457th Fighter-Day Squadron on 1 July 1957
- Redesignated 457th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 1 January 1958
- Redesignated 457th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 July 1958
- Inactivated on 1 April 1959
- Activated in the reserve on 8 July 1972
- Redesignated 457th Fighter Squadron on 1 February 1992
- 506th Fighter Group, 21 October 1944 – 16 December 1945
- 506th Strategic Fighter Wing (later 506 Fighter-Day Wing, 506 Fighter-Bomber Wing, 506 Tactical Fighter Wing), 20 January 1953 – 1 April 1959
- 506th Tactical Fighter Group, 8 July 1972
- 301st Tactical Fighter Wing (later 301 Fighter Wing), 25 March 1973
- 301st Operations Group, 1 August 1992 – present
- Lakeland Army Air Field, Florida, 21 October 1944 – 16 February 1945
- North Field, Iwo Jima, 25 April–3 December 1945
- Air echelon operated from West Field, Tinian, 23 March–11 May 1945
- Camp Anza, California, 15–16 December 1945
- Dow Air Force Base, Maine, 20 January 1953
- Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, 20 March 1955 – 1 April 1959
- Carswell Air Force Base (later Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth), Texas, 8 July 1972 – present
- North American P-51 Mustang, 1944–1945
- Republic F-84 Thunderjet, 1953–1957
- North American F-100 Super Sabre, 1957–1958
- Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 1972–1982
- McDonnell F-4 Phantom II, 1981–1991
- General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, 1990–present
- Explanatory notes
- Aircraft is General Dynamics F-16C Block 30A, serial 85-1412, at NAS Fort Worth JRB
- Robertson, Patsy (13 October 2016). "Factsheet 456 Fighter Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 563–564
- Dermarderosian-Smith, Laura (27 April 2007). "Same fight – unrivaled wingman deploys". 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- No byline (12 December 2005). "301st Fighter Wing returns from Balad". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- 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 17 December 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.
- Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947–1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. Retrieved 17 December 2016.