118th Fighter Squadron [118th FS]
During WW II, the 118th was activated and flew anti-submarine missions along the east coast. Later, in 1943, the unit transitioned to combat aircraft (P-49, P-39, A-20, B-25, and finally, the P-51) and was redesignated as the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. In 1944, the 118th was reassigned to the China-Burma-India theater of operations as part of the 23rd Fighter Group, the "Flying Tigers." The unit participated in security patrol, close air support, and ground attack missions as part of the 23rd Fighter Group. Following the conclusion of the war, the 118th was officially disbanded.
After the war, the Air National Guard was created and air units were allocated to states as determined by local defense requirements. Connecticut was allocated a fighter group, which consisted of one tactical unit and three supporting units.
The 118th's pilots have thousands of hours of experience in multiple aircraft (A-10, A-7, F-15, F-16, F-111, F-117, F-100, F-102, O-2, and OV-10) which serves to enhance the unit's combat readiness and capabilities.
The 118th Fighter Squadron flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.
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