Davis-Monthan AFB 358th Fighter Squadron

Davis-Monthan AFB 358th Fighter Squadron poster art.

The 358th Fighter Squadron (358 FS) is part of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. It operates A-10 ‘Thunderbolt II aircraft conducting close air support missions. The 358th conducts all formal course directed aircraft transition, day and night weapons and tactics employment, day and night air refueling, and dissimilar air combat maneuvers. The squadron trains pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, air interdiction and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance.

This poster is to honor the era of the 358th Fighter Squadron that began with  Bill Hovde: Billy Hovde won the only Distinguished Service Cross in the class in P-51’s. In December 1944 . . . leading three squadrons of P-51s that were escorting B-17s and B- 24s to Berlin, Billy’s flight circled at 28,000 feet at the initial point for the bomb run. He spotted 80 FW 190s and ME-109s massed to attack the bombers. The Germans did not see Billy because of the sun, and he and his wingman were able to maneuver behind them. A wild swarming dogfight ensued. When he finally ran out of ammunition, Billy ‘hit the deck.’ at full throttle with five and one-half victories.” Activated in late 1942 as a P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter Squadron, the 358th FS was inactivated in a ceremony held at Davis-Monthan AFB on 21 February 2014 as part of the USAF’s Total Force Initiative (TFI) policy. The squadron facilities and aircraft will be assumed by the Air Force Reserve’s 47th Fighter Squadron.

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