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415th Tactical Fighter Squadron

"NIGHTSTALKERS"

flying F-117A Stealth aircraft


415th TFS, this is probably the pre-37th TFW era, UnUsed.....inquire


(  see   aircraft page   for F-117A patches  )


(  see  37th TFW,  49th TFW,  and  4450th TAC GP  for units this outfit is associated with  )


( see associated Squadrons below: 416th and 417th )

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partial History
( take this info with a "grain-of-salt" )
started as "I" Unit at Tonopah Test Range, NV and Activated June 11, 1981
Redesignated 4450th Test Squadron in October 1983
4450th TS Deactivated on October 5, 1989 and 415th TFS "Nightstalkers" Activated to replace the 4450th TS
( the 4450th TAC GP ( parent unit of the 4450th TS ) was also known as the "Nightstalkers" )
4450th TAC GP Deactivated and assests transferred to the 37th TFW
October 1, 1991 the 415th TFS Redesignated 415th FS
415th FS changed it's OL from Tonopah Test Range to Holloman AFB
In late-1992 the 415th FS "Nightstalkers" became the 415th FS "Nighthawks" (this was done to stop "Satanic" names in the USAF)
 415th FS Deactivated and Redesignated 9th FS "Iron Knights" July 30, 1993



?I assume all of the 416th squadrons listed in this section have the same lineage?



 
416th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

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made in Germany, circa 1956 -  1957

 

4.5", glue has bled through above Horse's Head and below belly, scrapbook residue on back, Unused......inquire

( see a Vintage  72nd FBS  patch )
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partial History
Assigned to the 21st FBGp the 72nd, 416th and 531st Fighter-Bomber Squadrons deployed to Europe in 1954, equipped with F-86F Sabres
Wing Deactivated February 8, 1958; Reactivated at Misawa, Japan July 1, 1958
Stations: George AFB, Calif, 1 Jan 1953 - 26 Nov 1954; Toul/Sosieres AB, France, 13 Dec 1954; Chambley AB, France, 14 Jun 1955 - 8 Feb 1958
Aircraft:  F-51 1953;  F-86 1953-1957
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Detachment One, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron

"MISTY"

Fast FAC

       

DET-1, 416th TFS, F-100F Super Sabre Forward Air Controller for Route Pack 1 and Laos 1967 - 1970, 2-seater Sabres operating in the Vinh to DMZ & Laotian area out of Phu Cat & Tuy Hoa, Vietnam using the Callsign "MISTY", Operation "Commando Sabre", SEA made Arc/Tab.......UnUsed..(sold)

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416th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron


416th TFTS, plastic back, UnUsed......inquire

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416th Tactical Fighter Squadron

"GHOST RIDERS" flew F-117AsStealth Fighters


416th TAC FTR SQDN, RFU, Used....inquire

416th TFS, UnUsed.....inquire


(  see   aircraft page   for F-117A patches  )


(  see  37th TFW,  49th TFW,  and  4450th TAC GP  for units this outfit is associated with  )


( see associated Squadrons:  415th and 417th )

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partial History
formerly the 4451st Test Squadron "Ghost Riders"
416th TFS Activated October 5, 1989 at Tonopah Test Range
Assigned to the 37th TFW and flew in Desert Shield and Desert Storm


417th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

1953 - 1958


417th FBS, made in Germany, RFU, upper border is rough from harness wear, Used.......inquire

UnUsed.......inquire


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417th Tactical Fighter Squadron

1958 - 1987

 

417th TFS, RFU (never washed), circa 1980s, Used.....inquire

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417th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

1989 - 1993

417th Fighter Squadron

1993 to present


417th FS, RFU, border wear from harness, Used......inquire

417th TFTS "BANDITS", training squadron for the F-117As at Holloman AFB, NM, Unused....inquire

(  see   aircraft page   for F-117A patches  )

(  see  37th TFW,  49th TFW,  and  4450th TAC GP  for units this outfit is associated with  )

( see associated Squadrons above:  415th and 416th )
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partial History

Formed from the 4453rd TES ("GRIM REAPERS") o/a October 5, 1989
ReDesignated  7th FS ("BUNYAPS") on December 2, 1993
417th NFS 1943 - 1946
417th FBS 1953 - 1958
417th TFS 1958 - 1987
417th TFTS 1989 - 1993
Relocated to Holloman AFB from Mountain Home circa 1969 -  1972?

( very hard Squadron to nail-down --- not much info and many points conflict?? )


421st Tactical Fighter Squadron

    

421st TFS, F-105s from Korat RTAFB, Thailand......(sold)

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9592DD - 421st TFS Black Widow Panties

The perfect present for the Wife or Girlfriend


9592DD - made in Thailand, direct embroidered insignia, UnUsed....inquire

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Large 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron

F-4D era

 

5 1/4", UnUsed.....inquire
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421st Tactical Fighter Squadron

Maple Flag 1981

 

"Black Widows" meet patch (I assume in Canada), RFU, Used......(sold)
( uncommon "freehand" machine made )

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"Black Widows" & "Kiss of Death"


Black Widows, plastic back, pre-1992, Used.......inquire

421st TAC FTR SQ, on gray-felt, RFU, scrapbook residue on back, Used.....inquire

pre-1992 Name Tag, UnUsed........inquire
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partial Patch History
circa 1965-67 = Cavalier's Hat with Rapier
circa 1969-73 = Black Widow Spider ( some with Yellow background )
circa 1973-76 = Spider with "silver" background
circa 1976-2003 = Cavalier's Hat, Black Widow Spider with "silver" background
( very confusing patch history )

partial History
circa 1965-67, Korat RTAFB flying F-105s; converted to the 44th TFS in April, 1967

The newly-reconstituted 421TFS (after converting to F-4E's with the 15th TFW at MacDill AFB) were re-assigned
to the 366th TFW  DaNang, Vietnam April 16,1969 and detached to 474th TFW Misawa AFB, Japan on April 23, 1969
and did not arrive at DaNang, RVN until June 26, 1969 ; relocated to Tahkli(Takhli) RTAFB on June 27, 1972;
reassigned & relocated to the 432nd TRW at Udorn RTAFB on October 31, 1972;
moved to Clark AFB December 13, 1975 for re-assignment to the 388thTFW at Hill AFB December 23, 1975

422d Fighter Weapons Squadron

 

422nd FWS, 2 7/8", scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
Constituted 422d Night Fighter Squadron 14 Jul 1943; Activated 1 Aug 1943; Inactivated 30 Sep 1945
Redesignated 422d Fighter Weapons Squadron 22 Aug 1969; Activated 15 Oct 1969; Redesignated 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 Dec 1981.
Assignments
Air Defense Department, AAF School of Applied Tactics, 1 Aug 1943; 481st Night Fighter Operational Training Group, 29 Oct 1943; AAF Tactical Center, 6 Jan 1943; Ninth Air Force, 7 Mar 1944; IX Tactical Air Command, 12 Mar 1944; 71st Fighter Wing, 4 May 1944; IX Air Defense Command, 6 Aug 1944; IX Tactical Air Command, 7 Oct 1944-30 Sep 1945. 57th Fighter Weapons (later, 57th Tactical Training; 57th Fighter Weapons; 57th Fighter) Wing, 15 Oct 1969; 57th Test Group, 1 Nov 1991-.
Stations
Orlando AB, FL, 1 Aug 1943; Kissimmee AAFld, FL, 3 Nov 1943; Orlando AB, FL, 6 Jan-13 Feb 1944; Charmy Down, England, 7 Mar 1944; Scorton, England, 6 May 1944 (detachments operated from Hurn, England, 28 Jun- 11 Jul 1944, and Ford, England, 16-c. 26 Jul 1944); Maupertus, France, 25 Jul 1944; Chateaudun, France, 28 Aug 1944; Florennes, Belgium, 16 Sep 1944; Strassfeld, Germany, 6 Apr 1945; Langensalza, Germany, 24 Apr 1945; Kassel/ Rothwesten, Germany, 26 May-Aug 1945; France, Aug-20 Sep 1945; Camp Myles Standish, MA, 29-30 Sep 1945. Nellis AFB, NV, 15 Oct 1969 -
Aircraft: DB-7, 1943; P-70, 1943; YP-61, 1943; P-61, 1944-1945; L-6, 1944; Oxford, 1944; C-78, 1944; A-20, 1944-1945.
Operations
Combat in ETO, 3 Jul 1944-4 May 1945. Apparently conducted operational testing and evaluation of aircraft weapons systems, including F-111, F-4, A-10, F-15, and F-16, 1969 -


425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

Northrop F-5 "Freedom Fighters"


425th TFTS, circa 1969 - early 1970s, UnUsed....inquire

light-blue with larger hour-glass, RFU, Used......inquire

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Factory F-5 insignia, circa 1969-70

 

UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
Trained International Pilots on the Freedom Fighter "Skoshi Tiger" aircraft at Williams AFB Arizona

( see this link for F-5 Aircraft patches )


426th Tactical Fighter Squadron

OR

426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

?
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Top-Center - RFU, Used..........inquire

Bottom-Left - plastic backing removed-glue residue left, older style plastic backing, UnUsed.....inquire

Bottom-Right - same as left patch but most of older plastic backing remains, UnUsed.....inquire



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426th TFTS


cheesecloth backing, RFU, Used......(sold)

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The 426th has a very confusing history.......the following is a narrative that binds facts and Veteran's rememberances together.
I have carried the 426th TFTS patches as TFS for years. The pilots that I got mine from were emphatic that it was a TFS not a TFTS. Maybe it was a fighter pilot thing I dont know.  Ive never been able to find any official documentation that it was a TFS. I have seen several official AF Biographies showing assignment to the 426th TFS and even a book that said the 426th TFS provided air defense in USAFE but, nothing official. The book probably meant the 526th TFS. I think the Snoopy design is from the F-4 days with the 58th TFTW/TTW;  the Eagle design is from the F-15 days with the 405th TTW. Ive also seen some info that the 426th had flown out of Williams with F-100Ds. Im thinking that a CCTS that had been doing that was replaced by the 426th TFTS and used its personnel and equipment.

If you know more, or different, information on this unit and the insignia it used, please email: Jack@LJMilitaria.com

Possible partial History
426th TFTS assigned to 58th TFTW(redesignated 58th TTW in 1977) January 18, 1970 - January 1, 1981
Although assigned to the 58th TFTW(based at Luke) the 426th operated from Williams AFB, AZ
426th TFTS assigned to 405th TTW January 1, 1981 - November 29, 1990(assigment start date may be wrong)
426th TFTS exchanged its F-100Ds for F-4Cs in 1971 and operated the Phantom II until conversion to the F-15A/B Eagle in 1981
Trained German and other Allies at Luke AFB, Arizona in F-4s while assigned to the 58th TFTW
426th TFTS may have been DeActivated when the 405th TTW transferred F-15 training to the 58th TTW(?)


428th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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Circa 1974 - 1975 "Aardvark from Thailand

F-111A Combat in SEA era

   

Large Thai made F-111 "Aardvark" triangle, UnUsed......(sold)

partial History of the 428th in Thailand
The 428th TFS replaced the 430th on January 2,1973
During July 1974 the F-111As finished moving from Takhli to Korat--both the 428th & 429th TFSs
Transferred to the 347th TFW and continued flying combat missions in SEA
In May 1975 helped in the rescue of the SS Mayaguez. On May 14th the F-111As sank a Cambodian Gunboat escorting the hijacked SS Mayaguez. Both Squadrons (428th and 429th) returned to CONUS in June 1975

Participant Cambodian Ass Kicking

 

428th TFS patch for May 14, 1975 during the SS Mayaguez rescue, Thai made, UnUsed......inquire

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older 1960s 2 7/8" insignia, UnUsed.........inquire

modern on Velcro, Used........inquire

428th TFS "BUCCANEERS", UnUsed........inquire

left reverse


429th Tactical Fighter Squadron

429th patches with the Bomb were for the F-100s that had Nukes and sat on the "hot-pad" at Incirlik AB, Turkey
( info from a Veteran of the 474th CAMS)

429th TFS Black Falcons, w/o bomb, UnUsed......inquire

429th TFS with a Nuke (bomb), UnUsed........inquire


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Velvet Panel River Rats

made in Takhli, Thailand

      

429th TFS Pilot's River Rats, UnUsed............inquire


( see this  link  for more USAF Novelty patches )

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3509BX - 429th TFS Neck Scarf


3509BX - Pilot's Neck Scarf, Used.......(sold)

429th TFS, RFU Flight Jacket, plastic back, Used....inquire

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( see this link  for more USAF Novelty patches )

( see a Camo Flight/Party/Sawaddee Suit for this unit )


429th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)

(flew B-47s from: October 1958 to January 1962)


429th Bomb Squadron (M), 3 7/8", UnUsed......inquire
429th BS(M), flew under the 2nd BW out of Hunter AFB, UnUsed.....inquire



430th Tactical Fighter Squadron


430th TFS, Tiger on a Ball, UnUsed......inquire

430th TAC FTR SQ, UnUsed......inquire


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430th TAC FTR SQ, UnUsed...(sold)

430th TFS, Japan made, timeframe unknown, UnUsed.......inquire


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430th TFS, from the Burns Collection, later-1960s to early-1970s, UnUsed......inquire
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cut-edge plastic back pre-1992, UnUsed.......inquire

merrowed-edge plastic back pre-1992, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
Redesignated from the 430th FBS to 430th TFS July 1, 1948
Assigned to the 474th Fighter Group/Wing for many years

Stations:
Cannon AFB, NM October 8, 1957
Nellis AFB, NV January 20, 1968 to at least 1987

Aircraft:
F-100 1957 - 1965
F-111 1968 - 1977
F-4 1977 to ?

In July 1992, the 430th Electronic Combat Squadron, with its EF- 111A Ravens, was activated;
Replaced by the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron and Inactivated in June of 1993


431st Fighter Interceptor Squadron
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pre-1965 Lighter

unknown brand -  stamped "Fbelo MONOPOL"


not much wear, could be from the Libya or Spain era, Used.....inquire
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5867T - 431st FIS B-15D Flyer's Jacket


click on picture for details

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Large (almost 5") pre-1965 FIS Insignias

2 x variations of the "RED DEVILS"


Yellow thread, with scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire

4 7/8"+ with Gold Thread, UnUsed........inquire


( left patch stored in Gray Cabinet )
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partial History
circa 1952 unit flew F-51s and F-86Fs out of Selfridge AFB
431st FIS flew F-86s out of Wheelus AB, Libya 1953 - 1960
431st FIS Flew F-102s out of Zaragosa AB, Spain 1960 - 1964
Redesignated 431st TFS in 1964 and Transitioned to F-4Cs

 
433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron

"SATAN'S  ANGELS"
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433rd TFS by Rajawongse Store, Ubol

 

Thai made in Ubon, circa 1968, RFU flight suit, Used.....(sold)

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433rd TFS from Rajawongse Store, Ubol

Night Fighter "SEWER DOER"

UnUsual Yellow-accented Guy-In-Back holding a Beer Mug
( and maybe flipping the "Bird" to someone with his right middle )

 

large ( 8.5" ) Phantom II "GIB POWER", Thai made, RFU, Used...(sold)
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433rd Night Fighter SKI MU GIA Pass

 

from a "Sewer Doer" grouping, made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire
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433rd TFS 'SEWER DOER' - 'The Dog'

 

from a "Sewer Doer" grouping, made in Thailand, maker stain on his mouth, UnUsed.....inquire

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3509BC - 433rd Party Shirt made in Thailand


click on picture for details
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433rd TFS 100 Missions with a "BUG" F-4

what does the "bug" Phantom II signify....an Operational Codename or ?


Thai made in Ubon, circa 1968, RFU flight suit, Used.....(sold)
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9553B - Overdyed K-2B Night Flying Suit

Overdyed Night Flying "Sewer Doer" Suit


click on picture for details

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3509DF - by Rajawongse Shop of Ubol, Thailand


433rd TFS Night Fighter neck BIB, made in Thailand, very clean, Used.....(sold)

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433rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron


433rd TFTS, 3.5", 1983 - 1991, UnUsed.......inquire


434th Fighter-Day Squadron

 

434th FDS,  F-100 era, UnUsed.......inquire

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434th FDS and TFS

    

434th FDS,  F-100 era, UnUsed........(sold)

434th TFS, 1960s, F-104 era, UnUsed.......(sold)

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434th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron


434 TFTS, circa 1981, cheesecloth backing, UnUsed.......inquiire

434 TAC FTR TNG SQ, modern plastic back, probably pre-1992, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
Redesignated 434th Fighter-Bomber October 15, 1952; Activated December 1, 1952
Redesignated 434 Fighter-Day Squadron February 15, 1954
Redesignated 434 Tactical Fighter Squadron July 1, 1958
Assigned 479th Fighter-Bomber Group December 1, 1952
ReAssigned 479th Fighter-Day (later Tactical Fighter) Wing October 8, 1957

Stationed George AFB, CA December 1, 1952 -

Aircraft
F-51 1952-53, F-86 1953-55, F-100 1954-59, F-104 1959-61

Combat in SEA

435th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron


older 435th TFTS, RFU, Used......inquire

scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire

UnUsed.....inquire

Blank Name Tag, UnUsed.....inquire

A Black Leather 3 1/8" old style Name Tag ( cirfca 1958 - 1974) for a Command pilot is also available, Unused.......inquire
A small 435th TFTS decal availale, UnUsed.....inquire

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partial History
Constituted 435 Fighter Squadron (Two Engine) on 12 Oct 1943. Activated on 15 Oct 1943. Redesignated 435 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 5 Sep 1944. Inactivated on 15 Dec 1945. Redesignated 435 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 15 Oct 1952. Activated on 1 Dec 1952. Redesignated: 435 Fighter-Day Squadron on 15 Feb 1954; 435 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 Jul 1958. Inactivated on 8 Aug 1974. Redesignated 435 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 22 Oct 1976. Activated on 1 Jan 1977. Inactivated on 19 Feb 1991. Redesignated 435 Fighter Squadron on 1 May 1993. Activated on 12 May 1993. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1997. Redesignated 435 Flying Training Squadron on 2 Apr 1998. Activated on 14 May 1998.
Assignments
479 Fighter Group, 15 Oct 1943; VIII Fighter Command, 1-15 Dec 1945. 479 Fighter-Bomber (later, 479 Fighter-Day) Group, 1 Dec 1952 (attached to Icelandic Defense Forces, 1 Dec 1952-27 Mar 1953; Air Proving Ground Command, 26 Jul-6 Sep 1955); 479 Fighter-Day (later 479 Tactical Fighter) Wing, 8 Oct 1957 (attached to Sixteenth Air Force, 7 Dec 1960-c. 15 Apr 1961; 86 Air Division, 19 Sep 1961-22 Jan 1962 and 17 Oct-c. 30 Nov 1962; 65 Air Division, 3 Aug-17 Oct 1962; c. 30 Nov-19 Dec 1962; 30 Mar-23 Jun 1964; 2 Air Division, 12 Oct-20 Dec 1965; detachment operated under 8 Tactical Fighter Wing, 5 Jun-c. 23 Jul 1966; 8 Tactical Fighter Wing, 24 Jul 1966-8 Aug 1974. 479 Tactical Training Wing, 1 Jan 1977-19 Feb 1991. 49 Operations Group, 12 May 1993-1 Apr 1997. 12 Operations Group, 14 May 1998-.
Stations
Glendale, CA, 15 Oct 1943; Oxnard, CA, 6 Feb 1944; Santa Maria AAFld, CA, 6 Apr 1944-15 Apr 1944; Wattisham, England, 15 May 1944-c. 9 Dec 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 14-15 Dec 1945. George AFB, CA, 1 Dec 1952-19 Jul 1966 (deployed at Keflavik, Iceland, 1 Dec 1952-27 Mar 1953; North Auxiliary Field, SC, 26 Jul-6 Sep 1955; Moron AB, Spain, 7 Dec 1960-c. 15 Apr 1961, 3 Aug-17 Oct 1962, c. 30 Nov-19 Dec 1962, and 30 Mar-23 Jun 1964; Ramstein AB, Germany, 19 Sep 1961-22 Jan 1962; Hahn AB, Germany, 17 Oct-c. 30 Nov 1962; Da Nang AB, South Vietnam and Kung Kuan AB, Taiwan, [split deployment] 12 Oct-20 Dec 1965; detachment operated at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 5 Jun-c. 23 Jul 1966); Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 24 Jul 1966; Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, 2 Aug 1967-8 Aug 1974. Holloman AFB, NM, 1 Jan 1977-19 Feb 1991. Holloman AFB, NM, 12 May 1993-1 Apr 1997. Randolph AFB, TX, 14 May 1998-.
Aircraft
P-38, 1943-1944, 1944-1945; P-51, 1944-1945; P-47, 1945. F-51, 1952-1953; F-86, 1953-1955; F-100, 1954-1959; F-104, 1959-1967; F-4, 1967-1974. T-38, 1977-1991. AT-38, 1993-at least 31 Dec 1995.
Operations
Air defense prior to overseas duty. Combat in ETO, 26 May 1944-25 Apr 1945. Air Defense in Southeast Asia, 12 Oct-20 Dec 1965. Combat in Southeast Asia, Jul 1966-15 Aug 1973. Trained fighter pilots and weapon systems officers, Jan 1977-Feb 1991. Trained Taiwan Air Force pilots, May 1993-at least 31 Dec 1995

 
436th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
 
     

436th BS(H), Cowboy Saddle-Bronc rider design, 4" cheesecloth backing, UnUsed.....inquire

 436th BS(H), Mounted "Black Knight" with Lance design, "MANTU FORTIS", RFU, Used.....inquire


partial History
Attached to 7th BW February 16, 1951 - June 15, 1952; Assigned 16 Jun 1952 - August 1, 1958
Assigned 4238th Strategic Wing 1958 to ?
Aircraft: B-29s 1946-48;  B-36s 1948-58;  B-52s 1958-63

(  flew for the 7th BW   Black Knights of the Mekong  )


441st Bombardment Squadron(Heavy)

 

441st BOMB SQDN, RFU, cheesecloth backing, Used......inquire

partial History
1952 - 1960 flew B-47s from March AFB, CA
1966 - 1977 flew B-52Gs from Mather AFB, CA
1969 - 1970 Aircrews flew Arc Light Missions in SEA
Assigned to the 320th BW(H)


442nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

 

442nd TFTS "F-111", 1960s - 1970s, UnUsed.......inquire

( assigned to the 474th TFW at Nellis AFB in the 1960s and 1970s )
 
444th Fighter Interceptor Squadron


444th FIS, older Fully-Embroidered(FE), scrapbook residue on back, Used.....inquire

444th FTR INTCP SQ, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire



445th FIS - 1960s era insignia

flew F-101s from 1960 - 1968


445th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, stationed at Wurtsmith AFB 1955 - 1968, UnUsed......inquire

445th FIS, assigned to the Detroit Air Defense Sector and the 34th Air Division, UnUsed......inquire



449th Flying Training Squadron


449th FTS, RFU, Used......inquire

RFU, Used......inquire

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partial History
323rd Flying Training Wing
Reactivated as ATC's Navigator Training Wing at Mather AFB, CA April 1, 1973 (replaced 3535th NTW which had been at at Mather since 1946)
323 FTW also conducted advanced training for navigator-bombardiers & EWOs
The 3535th NTW's Squadrons were Redesignated:
3535 NTS as 449th FTS
3536 NTS as 450th FTS
3537 NTS as 451st FTS
3538 NTS as 452d FTS
3539 NTS as 453d FTS
3540 NTS as 454th FTS flying T-43As
3541 NTS as 455th FTS flying T-37Bs


450th Flying Training Squadron

stationed at Mather from 1973 - 1982 ( probably longer )


450th , RFU, Used.......inquire

450th F.T.S., circa 1973-76, gauze backing, stains, UnUsed........inquire


( see 449th FTS for some History )


455th BS


click on picture for details


456th Fighter Interceptor Squadron


456th FIS, circa 1950s-1960s, UnUsed............inquire

Thunderbird from same Pilot as the 456th FIS, 5", (unknown usage), UnUsed.......inquire

Pilot's Leather Name Tag available, Inquire


( I have seen another Thunderbird, it was the same design but a Red and White checkered pattern )


Large 8 3/8" Japan made Backpatch

(pre-July 1, 1957 design)
 

457th Fighter Squadron, UnCut 8 3/8" Japan made patch, UnUsed..........400.00

this Pilot's Grouping includes:
35th Tactical Fighter Squadron(Sold)
430th Fighter Bomber Squadron(Sold)
 457th Fighter Squadron
4th Tactical Fighter Wing
8th Tactical Fighter Wing
474th Tactical Fighter Wing
506th Strategic Fighter Wing(Sold)
6441st (later the 347th TFW) Tactical Fighter Wing(Sold)

 
460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  "CAVE TIGRIM"

Large 7-inch Back Patch

 

460th FIS, UnUsed...inquire


461st Tactical Fighter Squadron


Bullion 461st TFS, with cheesecloth backing, UnUsed......inquire

461st TFS, 4 3/8" Bullion, UnUsed.........inquire



465th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

"Respicite Tuo Sex" = Look back to your Six
( Check Six )

       

older 465th TAC FTR TNG SQ, lots of makers glue on the back, Unused......inquire

465th TFTS, UnUsed........inquire


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partial History
Stationed at Cannon AFB flying AT-33s until choosen for the "Fighter lead-in Program"
Relocated (on paper) and Assigned to the 49th TFW at Holloman AFB, New Mexico August 1 1973 to January 1 1977
Flew T-38A Talons for the "Fighter-lead-in-Training" program.....then Faded from history after January 1, 1977

( Squadron also used the motto: "VIDETE AD SEX" which was on a similar patch? )


465th Tactical Fighter Squadron

2 variations, circa 1972 - 1991


lightning bolt extens beyond border, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.........inquire

465th TFS, 3.5", scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.........inquire

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465th TFS "THUD" (F-105 arrowhead), scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.........inquire

465th Tactical Fighter Squadron, F-16 "SH" (Sh.t Hot) "OKIES", UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Constituted 465 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 5 Oct 1944
Redesignated 465 FIS 3 Feb 1953; Inactivated on 18 Aug 1955; Activated 8 Oct 1955; Discontinued on 15 Mar 1960. Redesignated 465 TFS 4 May 1972; Activated (Reserves) 20 May 1972;
Redesignated: 465th FS 1 Feb 1992; 465th Air Refueling Squadron 1 Apr 1994
Assignments
4727 Air Defense Group, 8 Feb 1957; Boston Air Defense Sector, 1 Jul 1959-15 Mar 1960. 507 Fighter Group, 20 May 1972;
301 Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Mar 1973; 507 Tactical Fighter (later, 507 Fighter) Group, 17 Oct 1975;
507 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-
Stations
Griffiss AFB, NY, 8 Oct 1955; Laurence G. Hanscom Field, MA, 1 Jul 1959-15 Mar 1960. Tinker AFB, OK, 20 May 1972-.
Aircraft
F-86, 1959-1960. F-105, 1972-1980; F-4, 1980-1988; F-16, 1988-1994; KC-135, 1994-


466th Tactical Fighter Squadron


466th TFS "DIAMONDBACKS", F-105 era, looks 1970s, glue residue on back, Used.......inquire

466th TFS, F-16 era, 1984 - 1991, UnUsed.......inquire



469th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

 

4", 469th FIS, pre-1966, UnUsed.......inquire
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469th TFS, F-105 era (1965 - 1968), Korat RTAFB, Thailand


River Rats, made in Thailand, RFU Jacket, Used......inquire

F-105 100 Missions over North Vietnam, made in Thailand, RFU Jacket, Used......inquire


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469th Tactical Fighter Squadron

F-105 era (1965 - 1968) while at Korat

If you have an EXTRA, vintage Asian made, 469th TFS "Bull" patch send a picfile of Front and Back


 

469th TFS, Okinawa, Japan made, flew F-105s out of Korat,Thailand Used....(sold)
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1956 = stationed at McGhee Tyson Airport and assigned to 355th FG;

partial History of the 469th as a F-105 Unit
469th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Fighting Bulls" were stationed at Korat RTAFB, Thailand NOV 8 1965 - NOV 18 1968

The 469th TFS transferred from the 355th TFW at McConnell AFB, Kansas to the 6234th TFW at Korat RTAFB on NOV 8 1965.
The 6234th was probably redesignated the 388th TFW or ????
Squadron started flying combat missions in F-105s on 15 November 1965.
Besides destroying numerous ground targets in North Vietnam the 469th killed two MIG-17's in aerial combat.
Around November 1968 personnel were sent to other units???
Members of the squadron joined the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat RTAFB, Thailand.
Some were transfered to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli.

partial History of the 469th as a F-4E unit
The 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron transitioned to F-4Es in November 1968.
I think new personnel staffed the Squadron at this point in time???

( If you know more, and can explain it....let me know......another Russian Novel in USAF History!! )

( I have been told that the one-eyed Bull is for F-105s; Two-eyed Bull patches are for the F-4 Era ?? )


476th Tactical Fighter Squadron

"CAERULEI ULTRA SONITUS EQUITES"

476th TAC FTR SQDN, flew F-104Cs as MiGCAPs in Vietnam during the 1965-67 era, Used............inquire

476th TFS, circa 1960s, 3 7/8", RFU, near-new, Used......(sold)


(  not much info on this unit )
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F-104Cs in Vietnam
Almost all the F-104Cs (fighter-bomber version) were deployed to Vietnam for 21 months;
The first 15 Starfighters arrived in April 1965 (476th TFS/ 479th TFW). From April 20 to November 20 of 1965 they carried out 2,927 missions of machine-gunning, bombing and escorting strike aircraft, sometimes in North Vietnamese air space.
The 476th TFS returned in June 1966 operating from Udorn RTAFB, Thailand. The F-104Cs were now camouflaged in accordance with operational needs and in July were handed over to the 436th TFS and in October to the 435th, still belonging to the 479th TFW. From June 1966 to July 1967 the F-104Cs carried out escorting and bombing missions on North Vietnam, with over 5,290 sorties. The last Starfighter left Thailand prior to 1968 - it's duties taken over by the Phantom F-4D.


480th Tactical Fighter Squadron

 left-facing "War-Hawk"


480th TFS, 4" German made, UnUsed..........inquire

Older German made 480th TFS, Used.........inquire


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480th TFS "WARHAWKS", Japan made(?), UnUsed......inquire

480th TFS "WAR HAWKS", 4", used in the mid-1980s on a TDY mission, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........inquire



481st Tactical Fighter Squadron

                         

 3.5" patch, Unit deactivated in 1980, Used....(sold)


482nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron


482nd FIS, 4.5" gauze backing (German(?)), circa 1956-1965, UnUsed.......inquire

482nd FTR INTCP SQDN, gauze backing (German(?)), circa 1956-1965, UnUsed.......inquire

 


490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)

( Flew B-47s for the 341st Bombardment Wing September 1955 to June 1961 )

 

490th BS(M), 5", pre-1961 patch, Used.....inquire

Redesignated 490th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
Activated September 1 1955
Stationed Abilene (later, Dyess) AFB, TX September 1 1955 to June 25 1961
(deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, circa January 9 to April 3 1958)
 Inactivated June 25 1961


492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron


492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "MAD HATTERS" "RED FLAG '89", F-111F,  UnUsed...inquire

492nd TFS "CINC'S TROPHY WINNER 1986" "USAFE'S TOP FIGHTER SQUADRON", UnUsed....(sold)
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post - October 1, 1991 follows


492nd Fighter Squadron, post-1991 era, 4.5", UnUsed.....inquire

492nd FS, Desert Subdued, UnUsed.....inquire


Redesignated: 492d Tactical Fighter Squadron July 8 1958; 492d Fighter Squadron October 1 1991

Assigned: 48th Fighter-Bomber (later, 48th Tactical Fighter) Wing Dec 8 1957
(attached to 48th Fighter Wing [Provisional] 2 Sep 199015 Mar 1991)
(attached to 7440th Composite Wing, SepDec 1991)
Assigned: 48th Operations Group, 31 Mar 1992

Stationed: RAF Lakenheath, England, 11 Jan 1960
(deployed to Taif, Saudi Arabia, 2 Sep 199015 Mar 1991; Incirlik AB, Turkey, SepDec 1991)

F100 19561972;  F4D 19721977;  F111 19771992;  F15, 1992

Participated in the air raid on Tripoli, Libya, 14/15 Apr 1986; Combat in Desert Storm JanFeb 1991


493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  
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 "A" Flight, 493rd TFS

 

Made in Japan, still in original ACE Novelty cellophane bag, Mint, UnUsed.............inquire

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493rd TFS "100 MISSIONS DUTY DESK", F-111F 4.5" Novelty patch, UnUsed.......inquire

493rd TFS "1000+ HOURS CREW MEETINGS", F-111F, UnUsed......inquire

493rd TFS "ROCK'N AMERICA '89", UnUsed......inquire
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493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, pre-Desert Storm, F-111F RAF Lakenheath era, UnUsed......inquire

493rd TFS "Operation Desert Storm DEPLOYED", part of the 48th TFW in Saudi Arabia, UnUsed......inquire
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493rd Fighter Squadron "Reaper Eagle Driver", post-1991 F-15E era, UnUsed...(sold)

493rd FS "Grim Reaper Eagle Driver", post-'91 F-15E era, Unused......inquire  
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Bullion Thread F-15E insignia


493rd Fighter Squadron, probably F-111F era (pre-1992), worn about 12 months, UnUsed..(sold)

493rd Fighter Squadron, F-15E era, UnUsed...(sold)

493rd FS "RED FLAG '95", F-15E era, UnUsed......inquire

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Large 11 3/4" Backpatch


493rd Fighter Squadron "GRIM REAPERS" "TRUST US YOU'RE DEAD",  for the back of your Jacket, UnUsed........inquire
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Redesignated: 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron on 8 July 1958; 493rd Fighter Squadron on 1 October 1991;
Inactivated on 18 December 1992; Activated on 1 January 1994

Assigned: 48th Fighter-Bomber (later, 48th Tactical Fighter; 48th Fighter) Wing, 8 December 1957 18 December 1992 (attached to 48th Fighter Wing [Provisional] 2 Sep 199015 March 1991 and 7440th Composite Wing, SeptDec 1991);
48th Operations Group, 1 January 1994

Stationed: RAF Lakenheath, England, 6 January 196018 December 1992
(deployed to Taif, Saudi Arabia, 2 Sep 199015 Mar 1991 and Incirlik AB, Turkey, SepDec 1991);
RAF Lakenheath, England, 1 January 1994

F100 19561972;  F4D 19721977;  F111F 19771992;  F-15E 1992-

Combat: Tripoli, Libya, April 14-15 1986 and Desert Storm 1991


494th Tactical Fighter Squadron

design approved 1963


494th TAC FTR SQ "Panthers", 1970-80s, UnUsed.....inquire

494th TFS "Black Panther", older coarse twill, F-4D era(?), RFU, Used.....inquire


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494th Tactical Fighter Squadron, plastic back, pre-1992 era, UnUsed.......inquire

4 1/8" novelty insignia, "F-111F  BAGHDAD BASH LETS PARTY", UnUsed.....(sold)

( Bagdad Bash may have also been used by the: 492nd and 493rd TFSs during Desert Storm? )

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Desert Storm Novelty patches
 
"Bagdad Bash" patches were probably used by the: 492nd and 493rd TFSs during Desert Storm(?)


494th TFS 4" novelty insignia "F-111F  Baghdad  Bash '91 Desert Storm", UnUsed......inquire

494th TFS novelty patch "F-111F  BAGHDAD BASH LETS PARTY", UnUsed.......inquire

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post - November 30 1991 follows

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494th Fighter Squadron Baseball Cap


   

494th FS "Panthers" Baseball Cap, one-size-fits-all, UnUsed....(sold)
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494th Fighter Squadron, UnUsed....inquire

494th FS "PANTHERS" "RAF LAKENHEATH", F-15E, bullion thread, Unused....inquire
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Redesignated: 494th Tactical Fighter Squadron on July 8 1958; 494th Fighter Squadron on November 30 1991

Assignments: 48th Fighter-Bomber (later, 48th Tactical Fighter) Wing, 8 Dec 1957
(attached to 48th Fighter Wing [Provisional], 2 Sep 199015 Mar 1991;
7440th Composite Wing, SepDec 1991);
48th Operations Group, 31 Mar 1992

Stations: RAF Lakenheath, England, 15 Jan 1960
(deployed to Taif, Saudi Arabia, 2 Sep 199015 Mar 1991; Incirlik AB, Turkey, SepDec 1991)

F100 19561972;  F4D 19741977;  F111F 19771992;  F15E 1992

Participated in air raid on Tripoli, Libya, 14/15 Apr 1986; Combat in Southwest Asia, JanFeb 1991


496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

( circa 1960 )

 

496th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4.75" German made with fine-mesh gauze backing, this patch initiated when the Squadron tranisitioned from F-86Ds to F-102s in 1960, UnUsed......inquire
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496th TFS, 4.5", circa 1970-75, issued F-4Es in 1970, Used...........inquire

496th Tactical Fighter Sqdn, UnUsed........inquire


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3509AV - 496th TFS, 50th TFW with a camo F-4 Phantom II, named, made in Germany, looks UnUsed....inquire


497th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

497th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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497th FIS

circa February 1953 to late-1956

 

497th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 1955-58 era, 3 7/8" patch, from the Burns Collection, UnUsed.......inquire
( depicts a Vulture superposed on a Horseshoe clutching Rockets )
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100 Missions over North Vietnam in an F-4C

Night Owl made in Thailand

"Sabre Dog" insignia worn circa 1956 - 1968?
( it is not clear when the Sabre Dog was replaced with the Night Owl - I believe there was an overlap in the '66 to '68 period?)
I have information from Veterans that indicate the "Official" change-over occurred in 1968


497th TFS, worn at George and Ubon circa September 1964 - February 1966, RFU, Used.......inquire

Night Owls, Thai made, worn at Ubon RTAFB circa 1966, RFU, Used......inquire


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497th TFS Factory "Night Owl"

 

497th Tactical Fighter Squadron Phantom II Night Owl Mission patch, UnUsed......inquire
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497th TFS' Nite Owls
 8th TFW "Wolfpack" at Ubon, RTAFB

 

Made in Thailand, RFU, puckered from washing, Used........(sold)     

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497th TFS - Thai Made 

 

497th Tactical Fighter Squadron, made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire
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larger 4 1/8" patch

 

497th TFS, PI made, UnUsed...........inquire
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WANTED:

"Sabre Dog" design

insignia approved circa 1956


497th FIS F-86D "Sabre Dog" era patch needed

Got an extra one of these from the late-1950s? If so, contact    Jack@LJMilitaria.com  

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partial History
497th FIS Activated in February 1953 at Portland Airport flying F-94As
Received F-89Ds in Spring of 1954
The Unit Designator was transferred to a F-86D ("Sabre Dog") unit at Gieger Field August 20, 1955
The new "Sabre Dog" Insignia approved circa 1956
Relocated to Torrejon AFB, Spain June 20, 1958
Flew F-102As from 1960 - 1963
Redesignated 497th TFS; re-Equipped with F-4Cs; and relocated to George AFB, CA in 1963
from Veterans: the "Sabre Dog" design Officially replaced with the Owl design, circa 1968
Assigned to 8th TFW ( "WOLFPACK" ) at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand December 1965 - September 1974, Tail Code: FP
Inactivated in September 1974

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430th Fighter Bomber "TIGERS" (later 430th TFS)
524th TFS, Japan made......( moved, see above )
525th TFS, 4", damaged near the right ear, Used.......
Larger insignia - circa late-1950s to early-1960s
431st FIS, maybe F-86 era (1953-1960), very strange construction with loose-weave gray backing-gauze,
RFU flight suit, Used..
( could be from Wheelus AB, Libya or Zaragoza AB, Spain )
"431 Red Devils"
431st Test and Evaluation Squadron, F-111D/E/Fs, Nellis AFB under the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, UnUsed...
426th Tactical Fighter Squadron
427th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
( 426th TFS moved above )
427th BS(M), circa 1958-62, flew B-47s for the 303rd BW out of Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ....