355th Fighter Wing

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The 355th Wing (355 WG) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command's Twelfth Air Force.wikipedia
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Davis–Monthan Air Force Base

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It is stationed at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, where it operates the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
The host unit for Davis–Monthan AFB is the 355th Wing (355 WG) assigned to Twelfth Air Force (12AF), part of Air Combat Command (ACC).

Twelfth Air Force

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The 355th Wing (355 WG) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command's Twelfth Air Force.
* 355th Fighter Group (1945–1946)

357th Fighter Squadron

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The 357th Fighter Squadron is part of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

563rd Rescue Group

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On 1 October 2003, the three combat search-and-rescue squadrons fell under the command of the 563d Rescue Group.
It is assigned to the 355th Wing.

355th Operations Group

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The flying components of the wing were reassigned to the newly established 355th Operations Group.
The 355th Operations Group is a United States Air Force unit, assigned to the 355th Wing.

William J. Hovde

Hovde served two tours in the 355th Fighter Group and commanded the 358th Fighter Squadron, ending the war with 10.5 victories.

Henry William Brown

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He was the highest scoring ace of the 355th Fighter Group.

William J. Cullerton

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Cullerton destroyed twenty-one Axis planes during the war, including sixteen destroyed in low-altitude attacks on the ground, ranking him as the second highest strafing ace in the 355th Fighter Group.

354th Fighter Squadron

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The 516th's 469th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was reassigned to the group, while the 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron moved on paper from Oxnard Air Force Base, California to take over the aircraft of the 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which moved without personnel or equipment to Portland International Airport, Oregon.
The 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) is part of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

Air Combat Command

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The 355th Wing (355 WG) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command's Twelfth Air Force.

Gordon M. Graham

During World War II, Graham joined the 355th Fighter Group in the Eighth Air Force in Europe in August 1944, stationed at RAF Steeple Morden.

358th Fighter Squadron

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The squadron was activated on 12 November 1942 as a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter Squadron of the 355th Fighter Group.

RAF Steeple Morden

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The 355th quickly gained acclaim as the "Steeple Morden Strafers," a reference to its base in England and its lethal accuracy at low level.
With the departure of the photo-recon squadrons, the 355th Fighter Group, arrived from Philadelphia Municipal Airport on 9 July 1943.

Everett W. Stewart

Everett Stewart
In January 1944, he was transferred to the 355th Fighter Group.

516th Air Defense Group

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The group replaced the 516th Air Defense Group and assumed its mission, personnel and equipment at McGhee Tyson Airport, near Knoxville Tennessee.
It was replaced in 1955 when ADC transferred its mission, equipment, and personnel to the 355th Fighter Group in a project that replaced air defense groups commanding fighter squadrons with fighter groups with distinguished records during World War II.

Claiborne H. Kinnard Jr.

He was commander of the 354th Fighter Squadron of the 355th Fighter Group from November 1943 to June 1944.

134th Air Refueling Wing

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Regular Air Force operations at McGhee Tyson ended on 8 January 1958 when the 355th Group and the 354th Squadron inactivated, and the base was turned over to the Tennessee Air National Guard, which had organized the 134th Fighter Group there the previous month.
Authorized by the National Guard Bureau in 1957 to replace the active-duty 355th Fighter Group (Air Defense) at McGhee Tyson Air Force Base, Knoxville, Tennessee.

VIII Fighter Command

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The group was under the command of the 65th Fighter Wing of the VIII Fighter Command, Eighth Air Force.

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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Originally equipped with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, the group began using North American P-51 Mustangs in Spring, 1944.
In poor weather on 7 November 1943 while flying a P-47D-2-RA on a bomber escort mission, 2nd Lt. William E. Roach of 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group made an emergency landing on a German airfield.

469th Flying Training Squadron

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The 516th's 469th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was reassigned to the group, while the 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron moved on paper from Oxnard Air Force Base, California to take over the aircraft of the 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which moved without personnel or equipment to Portland International Airport, Oregon.

Eighth Air Force

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The group was under the command of the 65th Fighter Wing of the VIII Fighter Command, Eighth Air Force.

Merlyn Hans Dethlefsen

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It is also noteworthy that, of the twelve airmen awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, two belonged to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing: Majors Merlyn H. Dethlefsen and Leo K. Thorsness.
Dethlefsen flew F-105 Thunderchief fighters with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron and then the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron of 335th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base at Thailand, from October 1966 to June 1967.

Leo K. Thorsness

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It is also noteworthy that, of the twelve airmen awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, two belonged to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing: Majors Merlyn H. Dethlefsen and Leo K. Thorsness.
In the autumn of 1966, after completing F-105 "Wild Weasel" training at George AFB, California, he was assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand, flying as aircraft commander in F-105F's, tasked with locating and destroying North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites.

Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base

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The unit transferred to the Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in 1965.
On 8 November 1965 the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing made a permanent change of station from McConnell AFB to Takhli without personnel or equipment as the host unit at the base.

835th Air Division

The division was the command headquarters for the TAC wings at McConnell and provided support for USAF units there until November 1965, when the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing moved to Southeast Asia and the 23d Tactical Fighter Wing assumed support duties.