557th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Vietnam

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

557th 

Tactical Fighter Squadron

Taxing out of the Alert Area.  Note the Weapons Load.  Centerline Vulcan 20mm Gun Pod, LAU-3 2.75 rocket launchers on the wing station and missiles along the fuselage.


Lineage

557th Tactical Fighter Squadron, was constituted, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 25 Apr 1962. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1970.

Assignments

Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1962; 836th Air Division, 8 Nov 1965; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Dec 1965–31 Mar 1970.

Stations

MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1962–Nov 1965; Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 1 Dec 1965–31 Mar 1970.

Aircraft

F–4, 1964–1970.

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, 1 Dec 1965–10 Mar 1970.

Honors

Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970.

DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Dec 1965–30 May 1966; 1 Jun 1966–31 May 1967; 1 Jun 1967–31 May 1968; 1 Jun 1968–31 May 1969; 1 Jun 1969–[10] Mar 1970. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [1 Dec] 1965–[10] Mar 1970.  


Tail Code:  XC

Aircraft:  F-4C  

Vietnam Service:  12/65 - 3/70

Mig Kills:  0


Two fully loaded 557th birds Filling Up


More photos of the Alert Area


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

557th Patch courtesy of http://www.larrystonebooks.com

 


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