468th Strategic Fighter Squadron

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468th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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Emblem of the 468th Strategic Fighter Squadron
Active 1944–1956
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Fighter

The 468th Strategic Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 508th Strategic Fighter Wing, based at Turner AFB, Georgia. It was inactivated on 11 May 1956.

History[edit]

Formed in late 1944 under Second Air Force as one of the last P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Squadrons, programmed for deployment to Western Pacific theater with long-range P-47N for B-29 Superfortress escort missions. Arrived in Hawaii in early 1945, assigned to Seventh Air Force. Lack of a serious fighter defense over Japan at high altitudes and reprogramming of B-29 raids over Japan to night low-level fast attacks led to reassignment as a replacement training unit based in Hawaii; also performed air defense of the islands until inactivation in November 1945.

Reactivated as Strategic Air Command fighter-escort squadron for B-50 Superfortress and B-36 Peacemaker bombers. Performed fighter-escort training throughout the 1950s, inactivated in 1956 with the phaseout of the escort mission and retirement of the B-36.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted 468th Fighter Squadron on 5 October 1944
Activated on 12 October 1944.
Inactivated on 25 November 1945
  • Redesignated 468th Fighter-Escort Squadron on 19 June 1952.
Activated on 1 July 1952
Redesignated 468th Strategic Fighter Squadron on 20 January 1953
Inactivated on 11 May 1956

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References[edit]

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

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