43rd

Tactical

Fighter Squadron 

 

 


 

Lineage

Redesignated 43 Tactical Fighter Squadron, activated, and organized, on 8 Jan 1964.  Redesignated 43 Fighter Squadron on 26 Sep 1991.

Assignments

15 Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 Jan 1964 (attached to 405 Fighter Wing, c. 20 Aug-31 Oct 1965; 12 Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Nov 1965-c. 4 Jan 1966); 21 Composite Wing, 15 Jul 1970; 343 Tactical Fighter Group, 15 Nov 1977

Stations

MacDill AFB, FL, 8 Jan 1964 (deployed at Clark AB, Philippines, c. 20 Aug-31 Oct 1965; Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 1 Nov 1965-c. 4 Jan 1966); Elmendorf AFB, AK, 15 Jul 1970-1 Jan 1994.

Commanders

None, 8 Jan-unkn Feb 1964; Lt Col Dwaine A. Sandborn, Feb 1964; Lt Col Walter V. Woods, 1 Jul 1965; Lt Col Casper S. Bierman, 6 Jan 1968; Lt Col John S. Stoer, 1 Aug 1969; Lt Col Robert D. Janca, 1 Nov 1969; Lt Col Thomas J. Humphrey, 1 Apr 1970; Col Dean E. Salmeier, 26 Jul 1971; Lt Col Richard M. Desing, 9 Jun 1972; Lt Col Delbert J. Haselhorst, 1 Aug 1973; Col Edward P. Schmit Jr., 31 May 1974; Lt Col Wilfred K. Abbott, 1 Jul 1975; Lt Col John K. Ek, 3 Jul 1976; Lt Col Charles A. Martindale, 1 Jul 1977

Aircraft

F-84, 1964; F-4, 1964-1982

Operations

Participated in exercises, operations, and readiness tests of Tactical Air Command, 1964-1970; provided air defense augmentation for the Philippine Islands, Aug-Oct 1965; combat in Vietnam, Nov 1965-Jan 1966; replacement training unit for F-4 aircrews, 1966-1970.

Campaign Streamers

 Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive.

Decorations

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1965-1 Jun 1966; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1969; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1970; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1971; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1972; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1974


Tail Code:  

Aircraft:   F-4  

Vietnam Service:  11/65 - 1/66

 

 

 

 

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