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416th Fighter Squadron
416fs-patch.jpg
Patch of the 416th Fighter Squadron
Active 1943–1993
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter Squadron
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg Southwest Asia Service ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1944–1945)
  • Vietnam Service (1967–1969)
  • Southwest Asia Service (1990–1991)

The 416th Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The squadron was inactivated on July 1, 1993.

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History

Combat in MTO and ETO, September 4, 1943 – May 3, 1945. Cold War NATO service in Europe during the 1950s, Air Defense of Japan and Vietnam service, 1960s. Performed LIFT training with T-38s at Holloman in late 1970s-early 1980s. Was reassigned F-117As from 4450th Tactical Group 4451st Tactical Squadron (P-Unit) in 1989. Deployed to King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia during operation Desert Storm. Upon reassignment of F-117As to Holloman AFB in 1993, squadron transferred F-117s to 49th Fighter Wing 9th FS and inactivated.

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Lineage

  • Constituted as the 416th Night Fighter Squadron on February 17, 1943
Activated on February 20, 1943
Inactivated on November 9, 1946
  • Redesignated as: 416th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on November 15, 1952
Activated on January 1, 1953
Inactivated on February 8, 1958
  • Activated on March 25, 1958.
Redesignated as: 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron on July 1, 1958
Inactivated on: June 16, 1964
  • Activated on: April 15, 1967
Inactivated on: May 27, 1969
  • Redesignated as: 416th Tactical Training Squadron on March 15, 1979 and activated
Inactivated on: September 1, 1983
  • Redesignated as: 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron on September 15, 1989
Activated on: October 5, 1989
Redesignated as: 416th Fighter Squadron November 1, 1991
Inactivated on July 1, 1993

Assignments

Attached to: Northwest African Coastal Air Force, August 8, 1943
Attached to: Tunis Fighter Sector, August 9, 1943;
Attached to: Bone Fighter Sector, August 17 – September 15, 1943
Attached to: 286 Wing, RAF, September 28, 1943
62d Fighter Wing, January 28, 1944
Detachments attached to: 6505th Fighter Control Area [Prov], June 27 – September 4, 1944
Detachments attached to: 63d Fighter Wing, August 14–23, 1944
Detachments attached to: 6504th Fighter Control Area [Prov], September 1–13, 1944
Detachments attached to: 6502d Fighter Control Area [Prov], September 1–14, 1944,
Detachments attached to: 425th Night Fighter Squadron, January 4 – February 20, 1945
XXII Tactical Air Command, April 1, 1945
70th Fighter Wing, August 17, 1945
64th Fighter Wing
Attached to: 64th All-Weather Group [Prov], 64th Fighter Wing, August 15 – November 9, 1946
Upon inactivation, personnel, equipment and aircraft assigned to 2d Fighter Squadron (All Weather).
21st Fighter-Bomber Group, January 1, 1953 – December 12, 1953
21st Fighter-Bomber Group, December 12, 1953 – February 8, 1958
Fifth Air Force, March 25, 1958
21st Tactical Fighter Wing, July 1, 1958
39th Air Division, June 18, 1960 – June 16, 1964
Seventh Air Force
37th Tactical Fighter Wing, April 15, 1967 – May 27, 1969
49th Tactical Training Wing, March 17, 1979 – September 1, 1983
37th Tactical Fighter Wing, October 5, 1989 – November 1, 1991
37th Operations Group, November 1, 1991 – July 1, 1993

Stations

Detachment at: RAF Cranfield, England, May 13 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Usworth, England, May 13 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Bath, England, May 13 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Bristol, England, May 14 – June 4, 1943
Detachment at: Rerhaia Airfield, Algeria, December 27, 1943 – January 25, 1944
Detachment at: Tre Cancello Landing Strip, Italy, June 14 – July 8, 1944
Detachment at: Tarquinia Airfield, Italy, July 8 – September 4, 1944
Detachment at: Alghero Airfield, Sardinia, August 14–22, 1944
Detachment at: Borgo Airfield, Corsica, August 14–23, 1944
Detachment at: Pomigliano Airfield, Italy, September 1–9, 1944
Detachment at: Verdun-Étain Airfield (A-82), France, January 4 – February 20, 1945
Operated from King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia, August 19, 1990 – April 1, 1991

Aircraft

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow--The Complete History and Combat Record, Garry R. Pape, John M. Campbell and Donna Campbell, Motorbooks International, 1991.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Rogers, Brian (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, England: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.

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