379th Fighter Squadron

Summary

The 379th Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 362d Fighter Group, Second Air Force, stationed at Biggs Field, Texas. It was inactivated on 1 August 1946.

379th Fighter Squadron
379th Fighter Squadron P-47D Thunderbolt.jpg
379th Fighter Squadron P-47D Thunderbolt "Bonnie Lynn", 1945
Active10 February 1943 – 1 August 1946
Country United States
BranchUs army air corps shield.svg  United States Army Air Forces
TypeFighter
Fuselage Code"B8"
Insignia
379th Fighter Squadron379th Fighter Squadron emblem.png
Aircraft flown
FighterP-47D Thunderbolt
P-51H Mustang

HistoryEdit

Established on 1 March 1943 at Westover Field, Massachusetts as the 362d Fighter Group, equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts. Deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO), and assigned to Ninth Air Force in England. Engaged in combat operations until May 1945.

Reassigned back to the United States in August–September 1945, and assigned to First Air Force at Seymour Johnson Field, North Carolina, being programmed for deployment to Okinawa to take part in the planned Invasion of Japan. As a result of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the sudden end of the Pacific War, the deployment plans were canceled, however the unit was retained as part of the Second Air Force under Continental Air Forces and reassigned to Biggs Field, Texas, being equipped with P-51 Mustangs. Inactivated on 1 August due to postwar budget restrictions.

LineageEdit

  • Constituted 379th Fighter Squadron on 11 February 1943
Activated on 1 March 1943
Inactivated on 1 August 1946

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ReferencesEdit

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

  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.