62nd Fighter Squardon
Special Thanks to Dave Perry for his reseach request
OPERATIONS. Air defense and operational training unit, 1942. Combat in ETO, 13 Apr 1943-21 Apr 1945.
Distinguished Unit Citations: ETO, 20 Feb-9 Mar 1944; Holland, 18 Sep 1944.
American Theater. CAMPAIGNS. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhine land; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
Constituted 62d Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated 62d Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942. Inactivated on 18 Oct 1945
A caricatured yellow bull dog, jowls pink, in fighting stance with look of
ferocity on face, wearing a brown aviator's helmet, blue goggles, red and
white striped scarf about the neck, a blue jersey studded with white stars,
red boxing gloves with white lightning flash on each, red trunks, white rolled
socks, blue shoes with white star on toe of each shoe, all casting a light
turquoise blue shadow to dexter base. (Approved 18 Jun 1943. )
. Activated on 1 May 1946. Redesignated 62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 Jan 1950
Assignments: Camp Kilmer, NJ, 16--18 Oct 1945. Selfridge Field, Mich, 1 May 1946; O'Hare Intl Aprt, 111, 4 Aug 195o; K I Sawyer AFB, Mich, 1 Aug 1959-.
AIRCRAFT. P-47, 1946-1947 P-51, 1946-1947, P-80, 1947-1950 F-86, 1950-1958; F-101l, 1959-
56th Fighter (later Fighter-Interceptor) Group, 1 May 1946;
4706th Defense Wing, 6 Feb 1952;
501st Air Defense Group, 16 Feb 1953;
56th Fighter Group, 18 Aug 1955;
56th Fighter Wing, 1 Feb 1961-