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324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Emblem of the 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Active 1942–1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter-Interceptor

The 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 316th Air Division, stationed at Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco. It was inactivated on 8 March 1960.

History

Activated in mid-1942 as an operational training unit, primarily for P-47 Thunderbolts under I Fighter Command. Began replacement training in February 1944, inactivated in April when P-47 Thunderbolt training ended.

Reactivated as an Air Defense Command F-86D Sabre interceptor squadron in July 1955 at Westover AFB, Massachusetts flying F-86D Sabre Interceptors, performing an air defense mission over Boston and the New England area. In 1957 began re-equipping with the North American F-86L Sabre, an improved version of the F-86D which incorporated the Semi Automatic Ground Environment, or SAGE computer-controlled direction system for intercepts. The service of the F-86L destined to be quite brief, since by the time the last F-86L conversion was delivered, the type was already being phased out in favor of supersonic interceptors.

Reassigned to the Strategic Air Command Sixteenth Air Force in 1958, deployed to Morocco. Performed Air Defense over SAC B-47 Stratojet REFLEX bases. Inactivated in Morocco with SAC's withdrawal from North African bases in 1960.

Lineage

  • Constituted 324th Fighter Squadron on 24 June 1942
Activated on 25 August 1942
Disbanded on 10 April 1944
  • Reconstituted, and redesignated 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, on 8 July 1955
Activated on 18 October 1955
Discontinued on 8 March 1960.

Assignments

Stations

Aircraft

References

  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Maurer, Maurer. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1982.
  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

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