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358th Fighter Squadron
358th Fighter Squadron.jpg
358th Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 12 November 1942 - 20 November 1946
21 February 1951 - 15 January 1972
1 June 1972 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of Air Combat Command
12th Air Force
355th Fighter Wing
355th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 358th Fighter Squadron (358 FS) is part of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. It operates A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft conducting close air support missions.

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Mission

The 358th conducts all formal course directed aircraft transition, day and night weapons and tactics employment, day and night air refueling, and dissimilar air combat maneuvers. The squadron trains pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, air interdiction and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. [1]

History

The 358th flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 14 September 1943–25 April 1945 and supported combat operations in Korea from, 21 February 1951–27 July 1953. [2]

The squadron flew weather reconnaissance in the Far East from, 1951–1972. It trained A-7 Corsair II aircrews from, July 1976–October 1979 and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrews from, c. October 1979–c. October 1991. [2]

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Operations[2]

Lineage[2]

  • 358th Fighter Squadron (1942 - 1943)
  • 358th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1943 - 1945)
  • 358th Reconnaissance Squadron, Weather Scouting (1945 - 1951)
  • 358th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Weather (1951 - 1954)
  • 358th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (1954 - 1972)
  • 358th Tactical Fighter Squadron (1972 - 1976)
  • 358th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (1976 - 1991)
  • 358th Fighter Squadron (1991 - Present)

Assignments[2]

Bases stationed[2]

Aircraft Operated[2]

B-50D-115BO 49-310 used for weather reconnaissance on display at the United States Air Force Museum

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