The history of the 34th Fighter Squadron on Ie Shima.

History of the USAF USAAF 34th Fighter Squadron.
Historia de la USAAF USAF 34o Escuadrn de caza.

This is a history of the 34th fighter squadron from its conception on the island of Ie Shima during WW2 to the present showing all of its different types of aircraft.

Esta es una historia de la escuadrilla de cazas 34a desde su concepcin en la isla de Ie Shima durante WW2 a esta muestra todas sus diferentes tipos de aeronaves.

This is the history of the USAF USAAF 34th Fighter Squadron which was located on the island of  Ie Shima just northwest of Okinawa and south of the Japanese island of Honshu. 

In WW2 the 34th Fighter Squadron flew the P-47 Thunderbolt Motorcycles For Sale fighter nicknamed the Jug.  You can see this type of plane and the following types of planes that this fighter squadron flew below.

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This is the best information that I can find about the history of the 34th Fighter Squadron. 

I have tried to put a link to the 34th Fighter Squadron website but they are on the Intranet, not the Internet, so we cannot access their pages.  The aircraft here do not have the proper markings for the 34th Fighter Squadron but they are shown here so you can see what types of aircraft that they flew.
P-47 Thunderbolts 34th Fighter Squadron
The 34th Fighter Squadron was activated at Seymour Johnson Field, N.C.,  October 15, 1944,
and moved to Bluethenthal Field, NC., a month later. The squadron served in the final stages of World War II  flying the P-47 Thunderbolt. It saw limited combat operations in the Western Pacific from May 1945 to August 14, 1946, while it was stationed in the Ryukyu Islands, first on le Shima and later Okinawa.    P-47 Thunderbolt Models
F-86 Sabre Jet 34th Fighter Squadron

The 34th FS was inactivated October 15, 1946, following the war and was redesignated the 34th Fighter-Day Squadron prior to its reactivation,  November 1954, at George Air Force Base, California. It was part of the 413th Fighter-Day Wing and was equipped with the
   F-86 Sabre Jet Models. 

F-100 Super Sabre Jet 34th Fighter Squadron
The 34th transition into the
F-100 Super Sabre in 1956, which it flew until 1959 when it was inactivated.


F-100 Super Sabre Models

F-105 Thunderchief 34th Fighter Squadron


On May 2, 1966, the 34th FS was again activated and assigned to Pacific Air Forces. The squadron was part of the 41st Air Division, Yokota Air Base, Japan. At this time, to the best of our knowledge the 34th flew the F105 Thunderchief

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F-4 Phantom Jet 34th Fighter SquadronGreetings!
On your webpage  there is a glaring omission  in your list of aircraft that the 34th TFS Flew. The
F-4 Phantom II was   the  primary aircraft that the squadron flew at Korat AB, Thailand from late  1969  through 1975. It was in 1975 that the squadron moved from Korat to Hill  AFB  where it flew F4Ds. 'Just wanted to help you out. Take care!

Respectfully Submitted,
Capt. Scott A. Barker, USAF
F-4 Phantom II Models

In November 1979, the 34th TFS became the first fighter squadron to be fully equipped with the F-16 Fighting Falcon. For the next several years, the squadron conducted initial qualification training for pilots from around the world, including those from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel and Norway. When Iraq invaded Kuwait 
F-16 Falcon Jet 34th Fighter Squadron
August 1990, the 34th found themselves backing up the front-line forces of the 388th TFW (Provisional) in Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Storm. The squadron flew their desert missions 
Torrejon Air Base, Spain. 

After the Gulf War, the Rams got their chance to deploy to the desert. The 34th was the first 388th Fighter Wing squadron to deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch. 

In October 1991, the squadron was redesignated the 34th Fighter Squadron as part of a command-level Realignment. Since 1991, the 34th FS has deployed to Southwest Asia a total of five times. 

June 25, 1996, after being in Southwest Asia only 10 days into their fifth trip, tragedy struck the Khobar Towers housing compound where coalition forces lived. A terrorist bomb, which injured more than 300 airmen, rocked the living area, killing 19 airmen. Although some Rams were injured, none were killed in the attack. This mission was the longest and most hostile peacetime deployment for a 388th FW squadron 

In December 1998, while deployed to Al Jaber Air Base Kuwait, in support of Operation Southern Watch, the squadron flew 23 combat missions 17-19 December, in support of Operation Desert Fox. The squadron is equipped with the Block 40, LANTIRN-capable F-16C and enjoys a worldwide mobility posture, which allows it to go anywhere, anytime, in defense of freedom. Military decorations for the 34th FS include eight Air Force Outstanding Unit awards with combat "valor" devices, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, 15 campaign streamers for Southeast Asia duty and one presidential unit citation.   F-16 Fighting Falcon Models

34th Fighter Squadron Highlights 
  • November 79 First unit to become fully equipped with the F-16 Fighting Falcon 
  • November 1989   First squadron to complete conversion to the F-16, Block 40 aircraft 
  • February 1990   Deployed the F-16C for the first time sending approximately 20 aircraft and 250 personnel to George Air Force Base, California, for Coronet Weasel training with F-4 Wild Weasels 
  • July 1990 First unit to fly an F-16C LANTIRN training
  • November 1991   First unit to use the Combat Edge positive pressure breathing system 
  • December 1991   First 388th Fighter Wing unit to deploy to King Abdul Aziz  Royal Saudi Air Base, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch 
  • July 1995 First unit in history of Combat Archer to have all missiles hit their intended targets 
  • June-October 1996 Deployed to Southwest Asia for Operation Southern Watch which became the longest time a wing squadron was deployed during peacetime and one of the most hostile deployments when all members of the unit survived the bombing of Khobar Towers 
  • July 1997 Participated in first no-notice Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment concept. Deployed to Eileson, Alaska for participation in first ever Cope Thunder exercise. 
    December 1998   While supporting Operation Southern Watch, Operation Desert Fox engaged. Squadron flew 23 combat missions in three nights of bombing. On first bombing night 15 of 16 targets destroyed and 100% of all bombs guided and functioned. 









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