56th
Fighter Squadron



Lineage

20 Nov 1940 Constituted 56th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor)
15 Jan 1941 Activated
15 May1942 Redesignated 56th 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:
Santa Ana, Ca - 28 May - 12 Jun 42
Nome, Ak - 20 Jun - 20 Oct 42
Anchorage, Ak - 23 Oct - 21 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
20 Jun - 21 Dec 1942 Air Defense of Alaska
Apr 1943 - Apr 1944 Replacement Training

Service Steamers
American Theater

Campaigns
Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Decorations
Distinguished Unit Citation: [Alaska, Jun] - 4 Nov 1942

Emblem
Approved 1 March 1944 (after the unit left Alaska)


56 FS Photographs


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