51st FW History update
Please include the 25th FIS as a fighting unit with the sister sqd 16th FIS stationed at NAHA AFB, Okinawa (1957-66) Both squadrons were created under combat conditions when the 14th Air Force was created on July 4, 1942.
The new commander, Brigadier General Claire L. Chennault was its first commander. Prior to that, Chennault was a Colonel in Chinese Army Air Force from 1937 to 1942. He formed the famed "Flying Tigers of China" and they were officially named the American Volunteer Group (AVG). Their members were ex-military pilots and ground crews who joined Chennault and General Chaing Kai-Shek fight/stop the Japanese sweep across the map of China.
The AVG was disbanded on July 4, 1942. The 14th Air Force was also created and the 16th and 25th Fighter Squadrons were formed at that time.
Later, when I was a member of the 16th and 25th FIS on Okinawa (1958-66),they were both deployed to Formosa during the Quemoy and Matsu Island offense (1958 and again in 1961). Both squadrons (and personnel) were included when the 51st FW was awarded the USAF "Outstanding Unit Award" for that service to protect Formosa from further China aggression.
This item was submitted by former TSGT Ronald V. Regan, Leesburg, Florida
Jun 13 2000 12:08:29:000PM