42nd
Fighter Squadron

Courtesy - USAF Office of History

P-39E 

42nd Fighter Squadron

Pilot - Lt Cecil A. Thomas

Adak, Alaska - Mid October 1942



Lineage

20 Nov 1940 – Constituted 42d Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor)
15 Jan 1941 – Activated
15 May1942 – Redesignated 42d Fighter Squadron
  1 May1944 – Disbanded

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

Assignments

15 Jan 1941 - 1 May 1944 – 54th Pursuit (later Fighter) Group
 
Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Stations

15 Jan 1941 – Hamilton Field, Ca
26 Jun 1941 – Everett, Wa
31 Jan 1942 – Harding Field, La
                       –    Detachments operated from:
                                  Ontario, Ca - 28 May - 8 Jun 42
                                  Kodiak, Ak - 12 Jun - 8 Sep 42
                                  Adak, Ak - 10 Sep - 12 Dec 42
 
Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Aircraft

1941 - 1943 - P-39
1943 - 1944 - P-51

Operations

May - Jun 1942 – Air defense of the West Coast
Jun - Dec 1942 – Combat in the Aleuttians and Northern Pacific
Apr 1943 - Apr 1944 – Replacement Training

Service Steamers
American Theater

Campaigns
 Aleutian Islands; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Decorations
Distinguished Unit Citation: Aleutian Islands, Jun - 4 Nov 1942

Emblem
No official emblem during the war
 
 



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