93d Fighter Squadron

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93rd Fighter Squadron
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A 93d Fighter Squadron F-16C Fighting Falcon in 2007
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Active 1943–1946; 1949–1951; 1952–1957; 1978–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Fighter
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Homestead Air Reserve Base
Nickname(s) Makos
Engagements Battle of Normandy
Operation Market Garden
Siege of Bastogne
Operation Plunder[1]
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
French Croix de Guerre with Palm[1]
Insignia
93d Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 11 June 1979)[1] 93dfs-emblem.jpg

The 93d Fighter Squadron is part of the 482d Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. It operates the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft conducting air superiority missions.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

Activated in June 1943 under I Troop Carrier Command and equipped with Douglas C-47 Skytrains. Trained in various parts of the eastern United States until the end of 1943. Deployed to England and assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command.

Prepared for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Began operations by dropping paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy on D-Day (6 June 1944) and releasing gliders with reinforcements on the following day. The unit received a Distinguished Unit Citation and a French citation for these missions. After the Normandy invasion the squadron ferried supplies in the United Kingdom.

After moving to France in September, the unit dropped paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division near Nijmegen and towed gliders carrying reinforcements during the airborne attack on the Netherlands. In December, it participated in the Battle of the Bulge by releasing gliders with supplies for the 101st Airborne Division near Bastogne.

When the Allies made the air assault across the Rhine River in March 1945, each aircraft towed two gliders with troops of the 17th Airborne Division and released them near Wesel. The squadron also hauled food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, ordnance equipment, and other supplies to the front lines and evacuated patients to rear zone hospitals. It converted from C-47s to C-46s and the new aircraft to transport displaced persons from Germany to France and Belgium after V-E Day.

Returned to the U.S. during the period July–September 1945, and trained with Curtiss C-46 Commando aircraft until inactivated.[1]

Air Force reserve[edit]

93d TFS F-4Ds taking off from Roosevelt Roads, 1988.

The squadron trained in troop carrier operations from, 1949–1951 and fighter-bomber operations from, 1952-1957. Since 1978, it has trained to maintain combat readiness in tactical fighter operations. The 93d periodically deployed to Turkey to enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq from, 1997-2003.[1]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 93d Troop Carrier Squadron on 14 May 1943
Activated on 1 June 1943
Inactivated on 10 June 1946
  • Redesignated 93d Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 19 May 1949
Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
Inactivated on 3 April 1951
  • Redesignated 93d Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 26 May 1952
Activated in the reserve on 15 June 1952
Inactivated on 16 November 1957
  • Redesignated 93d Tactical Fighter Squadron on 23 February 1978
Activated in the Reserve on 1 October 1978
Redesignated 93d Fighter Squadron on 1 February 1992[1]

Assignments[edit]


Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dollman, TSG David (May 15, 2017). "Factsheet 93 Fighter Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Station number in Anderson.
  3. ^ a b c Station number in Johnson.
  4. ^ Stations in Dollman, except as noted.

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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