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417th Weapons Squadron
417ws-emblem.jpg
Emblem of the 417th Weapons Squadron
Active 1943 - 2006
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter Training Squadron
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1944–1945)
  • Vietnam Service (1972)

The 417th Weapons Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 49th Fighter Wing based at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. It was inactivated on September 14, 2006.

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History

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Lineage

  • Constituted as 417th Night Fighter Squadron on February 17, 1943
Activated on February 20, 1943
Inactivated on November 9, 1946
  • Redesignated as: 417th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on November 15, 1952
Activated on January 1, 1953
Redesignated as: 417th Tactical Fighter Squadron on July 8, 1958
Inactivated on April 30, 1977
  • Activated on October 1, 1978
Inactivated on September 15, 1987
  • Redesignated as: 417th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on September 15, 1989
Activated on October 5, 1989
Redesignated as: 417th Fighter Squadron on November 1, 1991
Inactivated on December 1, 1993
  • Redesignated as: 417th Weapons Squadron on August 11, 2003
Activated on August 13, 2003
Inactivated September 14, 2006

Assignments

Attached to: 2689 Air Defense Region [Prov.], Northwest African Coastal Air Force, August 9, 1943
Attached to: 337 Wing, RAF, January 3, 1944
63 Fighter Wing, April 27, 1944
XII Fighter Command, September 27, 1944
Attached to: Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Force, October 3, 1944 – March 24, 1945
Air echelon attached to 422d Night Fighter Squadron, January 6–22, 1945
64 Fighter Wing
Attached to: First Tactical Air Force [Prov.]), March 24, 1945
XII Tactical Air Command, May 17, 1945
64 Fighter Wing, June 26, 1945 – November 9, 1946
Attached to: 64th All Weather Group [Prov.], 64 Fighter Wing, August 15 – November 9, 1946
Personnel, equipment and aircraft assigned to 5th Fighter Squadron (All Weather).
50th Fighter-Bomber Group, January 1, 1953
50th Fighter-Bomber (later, 50 Tactical Fighter) Wing, December 8, 1957
  • Tactical Air Command, March 1, 1968
67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, July 1, 1968
Attached to: 50 Tactical Fighter Wing, January 15 – April 3, 1969 and September 11 – October 9, 1970
49th Tactical Fighter Wing, November 15, 1970 – April 30, 1977
26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, October 1, 1978
86th Tactical Fighter Wing, November 15, 1981 – September 15, 1987
37th Tactical Fighter Wing, October 5, 1989
37th Operations Group, November 1, 1991
49th Operations Group, July 8, 1992 – December 1, 1993
USAF Weapons School, August 13, 2003 – September 14, 2006

Stations

Detachment at: RAF Ayr, Scotland, May 14 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Uxbridge, England, May 14 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Coltishall, England, May 14 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Bristol, England, May 14 – June 10, 1943
Detachment at: RAF Scorton, England, May 23 – June 10, 1943
Ground echelon at Ghisonaccia Airfield, Corsica, January 7 – February 1944
Ground echelon at Borgo Airfield, Corsica, February–April 1944
Air echelon at Fliegerhorst Florennes (A-78), Belgium, January 6–22, 1945
Deployed at Hahn AB, West Germany, January 15 – April 3, 1969 and September 11 – October 9, 1970
Deployed at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, May 10 – September 30, 1972
Deployed at: Hahn AB, West Germany, February 3 – March 14, 1973, March 6 – April 5, 1974, October 3 – November 5, 1975, and August 24 – September 26, 1976
Deployed at: Nellis AFB, Nevada, November 29 – December 19, 1975

Aircraft

Operational History

Combat in MTO and ETO, July 24, 1943 – April 29, 1945. Not operational , June 1945 - August 1946. Cold War NATO service in Europe during the 1950s, Vietnam service, 1972 (Operation Linebacker). Performed LIFT training with T-38s at Holloman in late 1970s-early 1980s. Was reassigned F-117As from 4450th Tactical Group 4453rd Test and Evaluation Squadron (Z-Unit) in 1989. Upon reassignment of F-117As to Holloman AFB in 1993, squadron transferred F-117s to 49th Fighter Wing 7th FS and inactivated. Reactivated in 2003 to provide advanced training to F-117A instructor pilots. The course included 26 syllabus sorties, seven simulator missions, four mission planning exercises and more than 400 hours of academics. Inactivated along with F-117, 2006.

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.
  • 417th Weapons Training Squadron bids farewell to Team Holloman

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