344th
Fighter Squadron

 



Lineage

  2 Oct 1942 – Constituted 344th Fighter Squadron
10 Oct 1942 – Activated
15 Aug1946 – Inactivated

Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Assignments

10 Oct 1942 - 15 Aug 1946 – 343rd Fighter Group

Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Stations

10 Oct 1942  – Elmendorf Field, Ak
                       –    Detachments operated from:
                                  Ft Randall, Ak - 12 Nov 42
c. 25 Dec 1942 – Ft Randall, Ak
  8 Mar - c. 23 May 1943 – Ft Glenn, Ak
                                           –   Detachments operated from:
                                                  Amchitka, Ak - May - Jul 43
                                                  Attu, Ak - c. 12 Jun - Dec 43

25 Jun 1943 - 15 Aug 1946 – Shemya, Ak

Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Aircraft

1942 - 1945 - P-400
1944 - 1946 - p; P-38

Operations
Defense of Alaska
 Oct 42 - Aug 1945

Service Steamers
None

Campaigns
Aleutian Islands; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Decorations
None

Emblem

Over and through a medium blue disc, wide border orange, piped  white, a black aerial machine gun winged white, in flight, firing shells from cartridge belt, with muzzle toward sinister chief; eleven empty yellow cartridge cases, trimmed orange, falling toward base, arranged three, four, and four.
(Approved 13 Jan 1944)

Note: The Emblem at the top of the page was the unofficial patch that was worn by squadron members.  The patch description above refers to a patch that was officially approved approximatly 15 month after the unit was activated.
 
 


344 FS Photographs


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