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Operational Units Page 1

419th NFS

420th NFS

550th NFS

 

426th NFS

 
 
 
419th NFS
Activated:
1 Apr 43
 
Inactive:
20 Feb 47
 
Operating Locations:
Guadacanal, Solomans 15 Nov 43 to 17 Jul 44
Det.A Bougainville, Solomans 25 Jan 44 to 27 Mar 44
Det.A Nadzab, New Guinea 25 Jun 44 to 25 Jul 44
Det.B Momote, Los Hegras, Admiraltys 28 Jun 44 to 18 Aug 44
Det.A Noemfoor Island, N.E. India 25 Jul 44 to 27 Nov 44
HQ Det. Middleburg Island, N.E. India 18 Aug 44 to 10 Feb 45
Det.A Morotai, Halmaheras, N.E. India 27 Nov 44 to 16 Mar 45
HQ Det. Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Phillippines 6 Mar 45 to 31 Aug 45
Det.A Zamboanga, Mindanao, Phillippines 16 Mar 45 to 20 Jul 45
Det.B Sanga Sanga, Sulu Arch 20 Jun 45 to 27 Jul 45
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Phillippines 27 Jul 45 to 10 Jan 46
 
Total Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
5
 
First Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
5 Aug 44
 
Received first P-61:
3 May 44
 
Operational Aircraft:
P-70 & P-70 A: 1943-1944
P-38 G & J: 1943-1944
P-61 A & B: 1944-1945
 
Service Streamers:
None
 
Decorations:
None
 
Commanders:
Capt. John J. McCloskey 1 Apr 43 to 22 Nov 43
Maj. Ralph F. Jones 23 Nov 43 to 22 Dec 43
Capt. Emerson Y. Barker 22 Dec 43 to 16 Jan 44
Maj. Ralph F. Jones 17 Jan 44 to 8 Apr 44
Capt. Emerson Y. Barker 20 Feb 44 to 8 Apr 44
Capt. Howard G. Daniel 8 Apr 44 to 12 Apr 44
Maj. Emerson Y. Barker 12 Apr 44 to 12 Jun 44
Capt. Al Lukas 13 Jun 44 to 15 Jun 44
Maj. Andrew J. Bing 16 Jun 44 to 30 Jun 44
Maj. Joseph A. Shulmistras 1 Jul 44 to 30 Jun 45
Capt. Richard O. Stewart 1 Feb 45 to Apr 45
Lt Col Norman M. Jacob Apr 45 to Nov 45
 
Victories:
Lucas/Blankenship 1 Sally
Svhroth/James 1 Dinah
Dessert/Thompson 1 Dinah
LeVitt/Kahn 1 Betty
Michels/Morgan 1 Nick
Markings:
White, slanted 3 digit numbers (ranging 300-330), located on the nose or nose gear doors and tail.
 
Emblems:
None

 
 
 
 
 
420th NFS
Activated: 25 May 1943.
Inactive: 31 Mar 1944. 
 
Operating Locations:

Orlando AB, FL, 1 Jun 1943

Kissimmee AAFld, FL, 1 Jun 1943

Dunnellon AAFld, FL, 20 Aug 1943

Hammer Field, CA, 18 Jan-31 Mar 1944

 
Total Enemy Aircraft Destroyed: None
 
First Enemy Aircraft Destroyed: None
 
Received first P-61: 1 Jun 1943.
 

Air Defense Department, AAF School of Applied Tactics, 1 Jun - 26 July 1943 (attached to 481 Night Fighter Operational Training Group, 17-25 Jul 1943)

481st Night Fighter Operational Training Group, 26 Jul 1943 - 31 Mar 1944.

 
Operational Aircraft:
P-61 A & B: 1943-1944
 
Service Streamers: None
Decorations: None
Commanders:
Lt Col William C. Odell, 1 Jun 1943;
Capt Porter B. Williamson, 22-31 Mar 1944
 
Victories: None
Markings: None
 
Emblems: None

 
 
 
 
550th NFS
Activated:
1 Jun 44
 
Inactive:
4 Jan 46
 
Operating Locations:
Hollandia, New Guineea 14 Dec 44 to 14 Feb 45
Det. Middleburg Is, N.E. India 31 Dec 44 to 19 Feb 45
Marotia, Halmaheras, N.E. India 14 Feb 45 to 7 Apr 45
Det. Tacloban, Leyte, Phillippines 1 Mar 45 to 7 Apr 45
Talcoban, Leyte, Phillippines 7 Apr 45 to 4 Dec 45
Det. Zamboanga, Mindano, Phillippines 27 Apr 45 to 17 Jun 45
Det. Sanga Sanga, Salu Ach 1 Jun 45 to Aug 45
Det. Puerto Pricesa, Palawan, Phillippines 9 Jun 45 to 19 Jun 45
 
Total Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
0
First Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
0
 
Received first P-61:
6 Jan 45
 
Operational Aircraft:
BT-13: 1944
AT-10: 1944
P-38: 1944
P-70: 1944-1945
P-61: 1944-1945
 
Service Streamers:
None
 
Decorations:
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
 
Commanders:
Maj. Robert A. Tyler 1 Jun 44 to 4 Jan 46
 
Victories:
None
Markings:
Unknown
 
Emblems:
None

 
 
 
 
 
426th NFS
Activated:
1 Jan 44
 
Inactive:
5 Nov 45
 
Operating Locations:
Madhaigani, India 9 Aug 44
Barrackpore, India(Air Echelon) 4 Oct 44 to 31 Oct 44
Chengtu, China 5 Nov 44 with a detachment at Kunming, China 25 Nov 44 to Dec 44 and another at Hsian, China 27 Nov 44 to 17 Aug 45
Shwangliu, China Mar 45 with detachments at Ziangshan, China April to Aug 45 and at Ankang, China Apr to 21 Aug 45
India Sep to Oct 45
Camp Kilmer, NJ 3 Nov to 5 Nov 45
 
Total Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
5
 
First Enemy Aircraft Destroyed:
29 Oct 44
 
Received first P-61:
25 Sep 44
 
Operational Aircraft:
P-70: 1944
P-61 A & B: 1944-1945
 
Service Streamers:
None
 
Decorations:
None
 
Commanders:
Maj William Hellriegel
 
Victories:
Absmeier/Smith "Jing Bow Joy Ride" 2 "Lilys"
Wilfong/Ashley "I'll Get By" 1 "Dinah"
Heise/Brock 1 "Lily"
Scott/Phillips "Merry Widow" 1 "Lily"
Markings:
Unknown
 
Emblems:
On an ultramarine blue disc, within a border light red, a dexter skeleton hand gold, holding in the finger tips a cat's eyeball white, flecked with veins of red, having a pupil green and iris yellow orange, surmounted by a silhouette, single-engine aircraft of the field. (Approved 8 Jun 1944)