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324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

The 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 316th Air Division, stationed at Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco. It was inactivated on 8 March 1960.

324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
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324th FIS F-86D Sabres, about 1956 at Westover AFB
Active1942–1944; 1955–1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleFighter-Interceptor
Part ofAir Defense Command
Insignia
324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 17 May 1956)[1]324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.jpg

Contents

HistoryEdit

World War IIEdit

Activated in mid-1942 as an operational training unit, primarily for Republic P-47 Thunderbolts under I Fighter Command. Began replacement training in February 1944, inactivated in April when P-47 Thunderbolt training ended.

Air defenseEdit

Reactivated as an Air Defense Command interceptor squadron in July 1955 at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts flying North American F-86D Sabres, performing an air defense mission over Boston and the New England area. In 1957 began re-equipping with the North American F-86L Sabre, an improved version of the F-86D which incorporated data link to interface with the Semi Automatic Ground Environment computer-controlled direction system for intercepts. The service of the F-86L was destined to be quite brief, since by the time the last F-86L conversion was delivered, the type was already being phased out in favor of supersonic interceptors.

Reassigned to the Strategic Air Command Sixteenth Air Force in 1958, deployed to Morocco. Performed air defense over SAC Boeing B-47 Stratojet Operation Reflex bases. Inactivated in Morocco with SAC's withdrawal from North African bases in 1960.

LineageEdit

  • Constituted as the 324th Fighter Squadron on 24 June 1942
Activated on 25 August 1942
Disbanded on 10 April 1944
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 8 July 1955
Activated on 18 October 1955
Discontinued on 8 March 1960[1]

AssignmentsEdit

StationsEdit

AircraftEdit

  • Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, 1942–1943
  • Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, 1943–1944
  • North American F-86D Sabre, 1955-1957
  • North American F-86L Sabre, 1957-1960[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 399
  2. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p. 125

BibliographyEdit

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

  • Buss, Lydus H.(ed), Sturm, Thomas A., Volan, Denys, and McMullen, Richard F., History of Continental Air Defense Command and Air Defense Command July to December 1955, Directorate of Historical Services, Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, CO, (1956)
  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946 - 1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  • 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. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  • "ADCOM's Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor. Aerospace Defense Command. 21 (1): 5–11, 26–31, 40–45, 54–59. January 1979.