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421st

Tactical

Fighter Squadron 

 

 



Lineage

Redesignated 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, and activated, on 13 Apr 1962. Organized on 8 Jul 1962. 

Assignments

835th Air Division, 8 Nov 1965; 6234th Tactical Fighter Wing, 20 Nov 1965; 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 Apr 1966; 15th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1967; 4531st Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Jul 1967; 23d Tactical Fighter Wing, 14 Dec 1967; 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 16 Apr 1969; 432d Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432d Tactical Fighter) Wing, 31 Oct 1972.

Stations

Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 20 Nov 1965–25 Apr 1967; MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1967; Homestead AFB, FL, 1 Jul 1967; McConnell AFB, KS, 14 Dec 1967–16 Apr 1969; Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 16 Apr 1969 (deployed at Kunsan AB, South Korea, 23 Apr–26 Jun 1969); Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 27 Jun 1972; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 31 Oct 1972.

Aircraft

F–105, 1963–1967; F–4, 1969–1975, 1976–1980.

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, c. 28 Nov 1965–24 Apr 1967 and 27 Jun 1969–15 Aug 1973. Combat air cover for the evacuations of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Saigon, Vietnam, Apr 1975. Air cover during the recovery of the SS Mayaguez and its crew, May 1975. 

Honors

Campaign Streamers. Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire. 

Decorations. Presidential Unit Citation: (Southeast Asia): 20 Nov 1965–8 Apr 1966; 10 Mar–24 Apr 1967; 1 Apr–26 Jun 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards With Combat "V" Device: 29 Jun–30 Jun 1966; 1 Jul 1966–[24 Apr] 1967; [16 Apr]–31 Jul 1969; 1 Aug 1969–1 Aug 1970; 2 Aug 1970–31 Mar 1972; 18 Dec 1972–27 Jan 1973. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 8 Apr 1966–28 Jan 1973. 

 


Tail Code:  LC

Aircraft:  F-4E  

Vietnam Service:  11/65 - 4/67  6/69 - 1/73

Mig Kills:  1

 



 

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