421st Night Fighter Squadron (421st NFS)
USAAF, 5th Air Force
The U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 421st Night Fighter Squadron (421st NF Squad) deployed overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA). Assigned to 5th Fighter Command (V Fighter Command) of the 5th Air Force (V Air Force).
On January 4, 1944 the unit arrived at Milne Bay equipped P-70 Havocs, the night fighter variant of the A-20 Havoc with radar and additional nose machine guns. On February 1, 1944 transfered to Nadzab Airfield. On February 29, 1944 the unit's P-70s flew their first combat mission in New Guinea.
On March 22, 1944 lost is P-38J 42-103993 pilot Malone (survived).
On May 28, 1944 the squadron sent a flight detachment to operate from Wakde
Airfield operating the P-70 plus P-38 Lightnings handed down from fighter squadrons then returns to Nadzab Airfield on September 21, 1944.
Meanwhile, the rest of the squadron begins equipping with the P-61 Black Widow night fighter.
On June 28, 1944 the squadron (less the detachment on Wakde) transfers to Owi Airfield on Owi Island.
After the U. S. Army landings on Leyte, on October 25, 1944
the squadron transfers to Tacloban Airfield and continues to operated the P-38 and P-61 as part of the 86th Fighter Wing (86th FW).
In early 1945, a detachment of six P-61s were assigned to U. S. Navy Task Force 94 (TF-94) to the IsComPeleliu under the command of U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) Brig. General Campbell and operated from Peleliu Airfield on Peleliu Island. In late February 1945 this detachment then returns to Tacloban Airfield.
On February 5, 1945 lost is P-61A Black Widow 42-5562 pilot King crashed February 5, 1945, 1 missing.
During early February 1945 began operating from San Marcelino Airfield on Luzon but a detachment continues to operate from Tacloban Airfield until March 23, 1945.
On April 27, 1945 the entire squadron moves to Clark Field on Luzon and operates the P-61 exclusively. On July 24, 1945 the squadron moves to Ie Shima Airfield on Ie Shima until the end of the Pacific War.
421st Night Fighter Squadron (421st NFS) Losses
P-38J 42-103993 pilot Malone crashed March 22, 1944, survived
P-61A Black Widow 42-5562 pilot King crashed February 5, 1945, 1 missing
421st Night Fighter Squadron Squadron History
NARA CINCPAC War Diary 1/27/45 - 2/28/45 page 101 (IX-3)
(Page 101 - IX-3)
Ninth Fleet (Cont'd) Task Force 94 - 421st NF Squad. (Temp Duty from SWPA) (9 P-61)