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Activated on 12 November 1942, this squadron was part of a Fighter Squadron of the 355th Fighter Group.
In 1943, the squadron deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO). It became part of VIII Fighter Command in England. The squadron's primary mission was to escort Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bombers to and on the return flights over Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany. It engaged in numerous air battles on an almost daily basis with day interceptor aircraft while escorting the heavy bombers.
The squadron upgraded to long-range North American P-51D Mustangs in March 1944, with the USAAF gaining air superiority with the P-51 and by 1945, almost complete air supremacy over the skies of Nazi Germany. In addition, the squadron conducted fighter sweeps over enemy airfields, destroying Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground as well as attacking enemy targets of opportunity over Germany and Occupied Europe.
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