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438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron


438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Emblem of the 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Active 1943–1968
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter-Interceptor

The 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with 507th Fighter Wing, stationed at Kincheloe AFB, Michigan. It was inactivated on 30 September 1968.


Established in early 1943 as a III Fighter Command Operational training unit, operated P-39s and P-47s. Inactivated in 1944 with the end of Operational Training of units.

Reactivated in 1955 as an Air Defense Command fighter-interceptor squadron, stationed at Kinross (later named Kincheloe AFB), Michigan in April 1953 with F-94B Starfires. In the spring of 1954 it transitioned into F-89D Scorpions and in the summer of 1957 into F-102A Delta Daggers. In May 1960 it received F-106 Delta Darts.

The squadron moved to Griffiss AFB, New York in August 1968 and on 30 September 1968 was redesignated the 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.


  • Constituted 438th Fighter Squadron on 12 February 1943
Activated on 20 February 1943
Disbanded on 5 May 1944
  • Reconstituted, and redesignated 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, on February 1953
Activated on 27 April 1953
Inactivated on 30 September 1968, personnel and equipment redesignated 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron





  • 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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