4th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Vietnam

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Fully loaded F-4D #730 Taking off from DaNang in 1971

 


Note:  History of the unit in SEA only is given.

4th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Lineage

4th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 20 Jun 1965

4th Fighter Squadron on 1 Nov 1991.

Assignments

33d Tactical Fighter Wing, 20 Jun 1965

366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 12 Apr 1969

432d Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432d Tactical Fighter) Wing, 31 Oct 1972

 388th Tactical Fighter (later, 388th Fighter) Wing, 23 Dec 1975 (attached to 388th Tactical Fighter Wing (Deployed) [later, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional)], 28 Aug 1990–27 Mar 1991); 388th Operations Group, 1 Dec 1991–.

Stations

Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 12 Apr 1969

Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 27 Jun 1972

Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 31 Oct 1972–23 Dec 1975

Aircraft

F–4, 1965–1967, 1967–1975, 1976–1980

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, c. 3 Jun 1969–15 Aug 1973. One of the 4th’s aircrews earned the last USAF aerial victory of the war by downing a MiG–21 on 8 Jan 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

Vietnam: TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Presidential Unit Citation: Southeast Asia, 1 Apr–26 Jun 1972. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: [12 Apr 1969]–31 Jul 1969; 1 Aug 1969–1 Aug 1970; 2 Aug 1970–31 Mar 1972; 18 Dec 1972–27 Jan 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1967–20 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1968–9 Apr 1969. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [12 Apr 1969]–28 Jan 1973.


Tail Code:  LA

Aircraft:  F-4E  

Vietnam Service:  4/69 -  1/73

Mig Kills:  4


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