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318th Fighter Squadron

Squadron

It was established in mid-1942 as a fighter squadron, and trained under I Fighter Command primarily in the northeast with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks. It was deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in Algeria, and took part in the North African Campaign supporting the United States Fifth Army's advance with tactical air support. It attacked enemy armored columns, troop concentrations, road transport, bridges and other targets of opportunity. It also flew combat missions over Sicily from airfields in Tunisia, supporting the Allied ground forces in the liberation of the island. The squadron was re-equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts when it moved to Italy in late 1943, and continued tactical operations as part of Twelfth Air Force. It supported the Fifth Army as it advanced into central and northern Italy during the Italian Campaign. the squadron was re-equipped with P-51 Mustangs in 1944. It continued combat operations until the German capitulation, and demobilized in northern Italy during the summer of 1945. It was inactivated in October.

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Part of
  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

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People

  • William Aron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 325th Fighter Group
    WILLIAM E. ARON was born in New Jersey in 1923. He was the son of Emil Aron and Harriet Aron, of 28 West Beechwood Ave Oaklyn NJ. The Arons had lived in Pennsylvania, where older sister Henrietta was born, before moving to Oaklyn, to the home of...

  • Sam Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot/Group operations Officer
    Sam joined the Checkertail Clan (318th FS "Green Dragons".325th FG) in Jan '44 flying P-47s as bomber escort. His first aerial victory on the first of three FW-190s took place on the 3rd of March '44 followed by the others on the 18th April and the...

  • Mack Bunderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055-single engine/Ground Adjutant | 325th Fighter Group
    318th FS 325th FG Squadron Adjutant. (off flying ststus due to wounds received) 44th FS 18th FG 87 missions 2 air kills WIA SWP Sept 1943. Flight Class 42G Moore Field, Mission, TX Aug 1942

  • Frank Gaunt

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 325th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 318th FS 325th FG MTO P-51D 23 missions Flight leader 44th FS 18th FG SWP P-40/P-38 8 air kills 143 missions

  • Gordon McDaniel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 325th Fighter Group

  • Norman McDonald

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 52nd Fighter Group
    11.5 Victory Ace (7.5 with the 52nd FG & 4.0 with the 325th FG)

  • Joseph Pace

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 325th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 318th FS 325th FG 1 air kill 3-14-1945

  • Harry Parker

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot - Squadron Operations Officer | 325th Fighter Group
    13 Victories + seven damaged

  • Oscar Rau

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 325th Fighter Group
    318th FS 4 kills

  • Walter Selenger

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 325th Fighter Group
    Served with the 49th FBW and was killed on a wearther recon mission in a T-33A over Korea on May 21, 1951.

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Date Contributor Update
24 March 2018 01:36:31 wesjones Changes to description
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P-51Ds came to the 325th late Jan '45. Prior to this they had the P-51 B/C from Autumn '44. My second cousin flew them till he shipped home in Jan '45. Flt lt/Cpt Sam E Brown, 318th FG.

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 04:13:38 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/318th_Fighter-Interceptor_Squadron

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