49th

Tactical Fighter Wing

Vietnam

 

 

Lineage

49th Tactical Fighter Wing on 8 Jul 1958; 49th Fighter Wing on 1 Oct 1991

Assignments

Twelfth Air Force, 30 Jun 1971 (attached to Thirteenth Air Force, 5 May–2 Oct 1972)

Stations

 Deployed to Takhli, RTAFB, Thailand 11 May - 27 Sep 1972

Aircraft

F–4, 1967–1971, 1971–1978

Squadrons

7th: attached 9 Jul–17 Aug 1950 and 7 Aug 1956–15 Apr 1957; assigned 10 Dec 1957–15 Nov 1991 (detached 10 Sep–6 Oct 1971, 2 Mar–4 Apr 1973, 2 Apr– 3 May 1974, 4 Oct–6 Nov 1975, 23 Aug–25 Sep 1976).

8th: attached 15 Apr–15 Oct 1957; assigned 10 Dec 1957–15 Nov 1991 (detached c. 12 Sep–c. 11 Oct 1970, 10 Sep–6 Oct 1971, 3 Mar–5 Apr 1973, 5 Sep–6 Oct 1975, 21 Sep–20 Oct 1976, 22 Aug–22 Sep 1977, 10 Sep–15 Nov 1991). 

9th: attached 17 Aug–c. 6 Sep 1950 and 15 Apr–9 Dec 1957, assigned 10 Dec 1957–15 Nov 1991 (detached c. 12 Sep–c. 11 Oct 1970, 9 Sep–7 Oct 1971, 4 Feb–15 Mar 1973, 6 Sep–7 Oct 1975, 22 Sep–21 Oct 1977, 10 Sep–10 Oct 1977, 20 Jun–15 Nov 1991). 

417th: 15 Nov 1970– 30 Apr 1977 (detached 9 Sep–2 Oct 1971, 3 Feb–14 Mar 1973, 5 Mar–5 Apr 1974, 3 Oct–5 Nov 1975, 24 Aug–26 Sep 1976).  

Operations

In the autumn of 1971 the wing’s four tactical squadrons deployed in Europe. On 4 May 1972, after North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam, the entire wing, except for a rear echelon that remained to run Holloman, deployed at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand. Conducted combat operations in Southeast Asia, 11 May–27 Sep 1972, to help blunt a strong North Vietnamese offensive. Flew combat sorties in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos and, 1 Jul–24 Sep 1972, during Operation Linebacker, the bombardment campaign in North Vietnam. Returned to Holloman AFB in early Oct 1972.

Honors

Campaign Streamers.   Vietnam: Vietnam Ceasefire.

Decorations.     Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 5 May–6 Oct 1972


Tail Code:  

Aircraft:  

Vietnam Service:  


Commanders

Brig Gen Jack Bellamy, 24 Apr 1970; Col Wayne E. Whitlatch, 24 May 1972; Col George G. Hupp, 8 May 1973


The majority of the Information on this page is from the USAF Historical Research Agency: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/

 

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