614th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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The 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 401st Operations Group, stationed at Torrejon Air Base, Spain. It was inactivated on 1 January 1992.
Activated in early 1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb squadron, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to England in November 1943, assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. Participated in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until German capitulation in May 1945. Personnel demobilized in England and returned to the United States; squadron reassigned to Second Air Force for re-equipping with B-29 Superfortresses. Japanese capitulation led to inactivation in August 1945.
Assigned to Air Force Reserve January 1947. Never equipped or manned, inactivated 1949.
Allocated to Tactical Air command, 1953 and reactivated as a Fighter-Bomber, later Tactical Fighter squadron. Performed routine deployments and exercises 1954-1966. Deployed to South Vietnam as part of USAF buildup of forces in 1966, engaging in tactical bombing of enemy targets in South Vietnam AOR.
Redeployed to NATO in 1971 as part of USAF drawdown of forces in Indochina. Assigned to USAFE in Spain, performed routine deployments and exercises. Deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield & Storm to Doha, Qatar in 1990-1991 as the flying portion of the 401st TFW (Provisional). Flew 1303 sorties into Iraq and Kuwait, delivering 3.7 million pounds of weapons. The first USAF unit to ever deploy to Qatar. Inactivated in 1992 as part of USAF drawdown of forces in Europe after the end of the Cold War.
- Constituted 614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 20 March 1943
- Activated on 1 April 1943
- Inactivated on 28 August 1945
- Redesignated 614th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 27 December 1946
- Activated in the reserve on 10 January 1947
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- Redesignated 614th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 24 November 1953
- Activated on 8 February 1954
- Redesignated 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 Ju1 1958
- Inactivated on 1 January 1992
- 401st Bombardment Group, 1 April 1943-28 August 1945
- Tenth Air Force, 10 January 1947
- 401st Bombardment Group, 30 September 1947-27 June 1949.
- 401st Fighter-Bomber Group, 8 February 1954
- 401st Fighter-Bomber (later Tactical Fighter) Wing, 25 September 1957
- 834th Air Division, 27 April 1966
- 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 18 September 1966
- 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 10 October 1966
- 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 July 1971
- 401st Operations Group, 1 October 1991-1 January 1992
- Ephrata Army Air Base, Washington, 1 April 1943
- Geiger Field, Washington, 4 June 1943
- Great Falls Army Air Base, Montana, 8 July-19 October 1943
- RAF Deenethorpe (AAF-128), England, 4 November 1943-20 June 1945
- Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota, c. 1–28 August 1945
- Brooks Field, Texas, 26 June 1947
- Alexandria (later England) AFB, Louisiana, 8 February 1954
- Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam, 18 September 1966
- Torrejon Air Base, Spain, 15 July 1971-1 January 1992
- Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5