62nd Fighter Squardon

Special Thanks to Dave Perry for his reseach request



Group/Command Assignment

56th Pursuit (later Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-18 Oct 1945 

Combat Aircraft:

P-39, 1941-1942
P-40, 1941-1942
P-47, 1942-1945

Stations


Savannah, Ga, 15 Jan 1941;
Charlotte, NC, 26 May 1941;
Wilmington, SC, to Dec 1941;
Bendix, NJ, 17 Jan 1942;
Newark, NJ, 31 May 1942;
Bradley Field, Conn, 23 Jul-27 Dec 1942;
Kings Cliffe, England, Jan 1943;
Horsham St Faith, England, 5 Apr 1943;
Halesworth, England, 9 Jul 1943;
Boxted, England, 19 Apr 1944-11 Oct 1945;

CAMPAIGNS

OPERATIONS. Air defense and operational training unit, 1942. Combat in ETO, 13 Apr 1943-21 Apr 1945.  

Major Awards

Distinguished Unit Citations: ETO, 20 Feb-9 Mar 1944; Holland, 18 Sep 1944.

Service Streamers

American Theater. CAMPAIGNS. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhine land; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

  Early History:

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

EMBLEM

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. )

Subsequent History:

. 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-

  UNIT
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-