559th

Tactical

Fighter Squadron

 

 



 

Lineage

The 559th Tactical Fighter Squadron, was 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 1962–31 Mar 1970 (attached to 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 9 Mar–9 Jun 1965; 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 3 Feb–22 Jul 1968).

Stations

Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1962 (attached to 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 12 Jun–c. 7 Sep 1965); 836th Air Division, 8 Nov 1965; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 27 Dec 1965–31 Mar 1970.

Aircraft

F–4, 1964–1970.

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, 2 Jan 1966–23 Mar 1970. 

Honors

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/Counter-offensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970.

DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 27 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 1969–31 Mar 1970. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [27 Dec] 1965–31 Mar 1970.


Wing: 12th Tactical Fighter Wing

Tail Code:  XN

Aircraft:  F-4C  

Vietnam Service:  ?? - March 1970

Major Location:  Cam Rahn Bay  

 


A pair of 559th birds air refueling

Photograph courtesy of Dave Hartin


Al Cox  working on the Radar/Weapons Control System of the F-4C  64-841  of the 559th TFS.


F-4C 63-7649

Battle Damage to the Right Wingtip


Class picture of the 559th TFS provided by Joe Hale.  He is in the back row on the far right looking at the picture.  The pilot to his right is Marshall Crum.
Class graduation from training at McDill.  This would be in the first few months of 1967 I think. Many of these pilots ended up with me in the 559th.

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


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