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The 457th Fighter Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve Command unit, assigned to the 301st Operations Group, 301st Fighter Wing at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. The squadron flies the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. If mobilized, the Wing is gained by the Air Combat Command.

457th Fighter Squadron
457th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon[note 1]
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQNaval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth
Nickname(s)Spads[citation needed]
Motto(s)Spad to the Bone[citation needed]
EngagementsPacific Ocean Theater
Global War on Terrorism[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
457th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 27 April 2000)[1]
457th Fighter Squadron emblem (approved 20 January 1945)[2]

The squadron was first activated in 1944 as a long range fighter unit. It deployed to Iwo Jima in the spring of 1945 and engaged in combat until V-J Day, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation. It returned to the United States in December 1945 and was inactivated.

The squadron was again activated in 1953 as the 457th Strategic Fighter Squadron. In 1957, it was transferred from Strategic Air Command to Tactical Air Command as the 467th Fighter-Day Squadron. The squadron was inactivated in April 1959.

It began its current active period in July 1972, when the regular Air Force transferred three squadrons of Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs to the reserves.


The 457th Fighter Squadron is part of the only 301st Fighter Wing. The aircraft of the 457th FS carry the base tail code TX on their F-16s. The tail code carried by 457th TFS aircraft when the NAS JRB Fort Worth was known as Carswell AFB was TF.


World War II

Constituted as 457 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 5 October 1944. Activated on 21 October 1944 at Lakeland Army Airfeild, Florida with North American P-51 Mustangs. Assigned to the 506th Fighter Group. Major Malcolm C. Watters was the unit's first commanding officer.[1]

February 1945, the 457th moved to the western Pacific Ocean in spring of 1945. Operated from North Field, Iwo Jima, 25 April - 3 December 1945 (air echelon operated from Tinian, 23 March - 11 May 1945).[1]

Escorted B-29 bombers in raids against Japan, and attacked targets such as enemy airfields, May – August 1945.

Between 1953 and 1959, and again since July 1972, trained for a variety of tactical air missions. Frequently deployed for training exercises, some of them overseas.

Reserve fighter operations

Took part in Operation Deny Flight, enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia, in mid-1990s. Participated in training exercises and deployments. Provided resources for Operation Northern Watch (1999–2000), Operation Southern Watch (2001), Operation Noble Eagle (2001–), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003–).

Global War on Terror

Since 9/11 units and individual personnel in various career fields have supported a number of missions related to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle's homeland defense, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[3] The 457th FS ended a two-month deployment to Balad Air Base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2005.[4]


Activated on 21 October 1944
Inactivated on 16 December 1945
Activated on 20 January 1953
Redesignated 457th Fighter-Day Squadron on 1 July 1957
Redesignated 457th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 1 January 1958
Redesignated 457th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 1 July 1958
Inactivated on 1 April 1959
Redesignated 457th Fighter Squadron on 1 February 1992[1]



Air echelon operated from West Field, Tinian, 23 March–11 May 1945




Explanatory notes
  1. Aircraft is General Dynamics F-16C Block 30A, serial 85-1412, at NAS Fort Worth JRB
  1. Robertson, Patsy (13 October 2016). "Factsheet 456 Fighter Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 563–564
  3. Dermarderosian-Smith, Laura (27 April 2007). "Same fight – unrivaled wingman deploys". 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  4. No byline (12 December 2005). "301st Fighter Wing returns from Balad". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2018.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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