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433nd Fighter Squadron (433nd FS) "Possum"
U. S. Army Air Force, 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group (475th FG)
Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels" as the 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Possum" equipped with the P-38 Lightning flying combat missions in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
On May 14, 1943 the 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Hades" was activated at Charters Towers Airfield in Queensland in Australia. On June 17, 1943 transfers from Charters Towers Airfield to Amberley Field near Brisbane.

On August 14, 1943 transfers from Charters Towers Airfield to Dobodura in New Guinea.

On September 2, 1943 force landed is P-38H 42-66538 pilot 2nd Lt. John Clay Smith (survived) and returned to duty.

PARTIAL HISTORY

On January 23, 1944 lost is P-38H 42-66539 pilot 2nd Lt. Carl A. Danforth (MIA) on an escort mission over Wewak and last seen engaged in air combat with Ki-61 Tonys and Ki-43 Oscars.

On March 29, 1944 the squadron moved from Dobodura to Nadzab.

On July 14, 1944 the squadron moved from Hollandia to Mokmer Drome on Biak.

On November 13, 1944 squadron moved from Mokmer Drome on Biak to Dulag Airfield on Leyte in the Philippines.

On December 11, 1944 force landed is P-38L "Lizzie IV" 44-24842 pilot 1st Lt. John E. Purdy on Cabugan Grande Island.

On January 9, 1945 force landed is P-38L "Lizzie V" 44-25930 pilot 1st Lt. John E. Purdy south of Malabang on Mindanao and was rescued.

On February 5, 1945 the squadron sends detachments of P-38s to operate from San Jose Airfield (McGuire Drome).

On February 28, 1945 the squadron with the 431st Fighter Squadron moves from Dulag Airfield to Clark Field on Luzon.

On March 4, 1945 the squadron detachments operating from San Jose Airfield (McGuire Drome) on Mindoro returns to Clark Field.

On April 19, 1945 the squadron with the entire 475th Fighter Group moved Clark Field to Lingayen Airfield.

On August 8, 1945 the squadron with the entire 475th Fighter Group moved from Lingayen Airfield on Luzon to Ie Shima Airfield on Ie Shima in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.

Tail Codes
433rd Fighter Squadron "Possum" (Blue): 170–199

References
P-38 Lightnings operated by the 475th Fighter Group
475th Fighter Group Museum
475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation
Possum, Clover & Hades 475th Fighter Group in World War II (2004) by John Stanaway
475th Fighter Group Aviation Elite Units 23 (2007) by John Stanaway
Lightning Strikes: The 475th Fighter Group in the Pacific War, 1943-1945 (1988) by Ronald W. Yoshino


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