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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

355th Tactical Fighter Squadron Operations

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Photographed By Charles Keller, July 24, 2018
1. 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron Operations Marker
Inscription.  The 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron Operations (Fighting Falcons) were located in the area now occupied by the Myrtle Beach Police Department Office and Training Facility.

The squadron was activated in November 1942 at Hamilton Field, California, where pilots flew the P-39 Air Cobra. The next year, the squadron deployed to England and transitioned into the P-51 Mustang. The unit achieved an impressive record flying both the P-51 and P-47 aircraft. The 355th gave close air support to the Army troops engaged in combat and in interdicting enemy ground forces. The unit played a key air support role in fighting the historic “Battle of the Bulge.”

The squadron returned to the United States in 1946 and was inactivated. As part of the nation’s build-up in response to the communist threat, the squadron was re-activated at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1956 and assigned to fly the F-100 Super Sabre.

In 1968, the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron was sent to Vietnam in support of United States forces fighting in that theater. It returned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1971 and transitioned into the A-7D.

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returning from Southeast Asia and upon transfer of the A-7D aircraft to the Air National Guard, the squadron converted to the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Upon closure of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, the squadron transferred to Eielsen Air Force Base, Alaska, where it remains today.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, ColdWar, VietnamWar, World II.
Location. 33° 40.275′ N, 78° 56.187′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Thunderbolt Street and Shine Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Thunderbolt Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron (a few steps from this marker); Dental Clinic (within shouting distance of this marker); 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Audio Visual Facility (about 600 feet away); Auto Craft Center (about 600 feet away); Base Supply (about 600 feet away); Brigadier General Thomas Merrit Knoles III (about 800 feet away); Base Civil Engineering Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 27, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 24, 2024