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418th Night Fighter Squadron
USAAF, 5th Air Force

Background
This unit was formed at the AAF School of Applied Tactics. The squadron's motif was a bumble bee standing on a cloud with a crescent moon and star behind, holding a lantern (representing radar) in its right hand and a machine gun in the left hand.

The 418th NFS shipped overseas to Milne Bay, arriving on November 2, 1943 equipped with P-38 Lightnings and P-70 Havocs. Assigned to 5th Fighter Command (V Fighter Command). On November 22, 1943 transfered to Dobodura. Next, assigned to the 308th Bombardment Wing (308th BW) and switched to P-61 Black Widow night fighters and transfered to Finschafen on March 28, 1944. Then to Hollandia on May 12, 1944 assigned to the 310th Bombardment Wing (310th BW) operating P-61s, B-25s and P-70s. On September 16, 1944 assigned to Owi Airfield. Afterwards, assigned to Morotai.

With the formation of the Far East Air Force (FEAF) that joined the 5th Air Force and 13th Air Force, the 418th Night Fighter Squadron was paired with the 13th Air Force, with the air echelon operating from Morotai. On November 14, 1944 the ground echelon moved to Dulag until November 30, 1944 from Dulag, the ground echelon moved to San Jose Airfield arriving December 15, 1944 and sometime afterwards the air echelon moves to this location. Finally, on July 9, 1945 departs for Okinawa.

418th Night Fighter Squadron (418th NFS) known losses
P-38G "Veni Vidi Vici" 42-12705 piloted by Craig MIA March 4, 1944
P-70 Havoc 42-33143 piloted by Forrestal MIA April 2, 1944
B-25H 43-4129 piloted by Schmeisser MIA August 5, 1944

References
418th Night Fighter Squadron History

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