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United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

550th Night Fighter Squadron

Activated 1 June 1944 • Inactivated 4 January 1946

 

— World War II —

 
550th Night Fighter Squadron Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
1. 550th Night Fighter Squadron Marker
Inscription.  

In honor of the aircrews and ground support personnel,
"pioneers" of night electronic warfare, for their indomitable
spirit, perseverance, and ingenuity, in the accomplishment
of their assigned missions.

Campaigns
New Guinea ★ Leyte ★ South Philippines

P-61 Black Widow

Dedicated June 1992


 
Erected 1992.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 39° 0.978′ N, 104° 51.3′ W. Marker is in United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, on Parade Loop west of Stadium Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 11th Air Force (here, next to this marker); 21st Bombardment Squadron (H) (here, next to this marker); 11th Fighter Squadron (here, next to this marker); 344th Fighter Squadron (here,
550th Night Fighter Squadron Marker on Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
2. 550th Night Fighter Squadron Marker on Memorial Wall
Marker is on the back (northeast) side of this Memorial Wall, not pictured
next to this marker); 73rd Bomb Squadron (M) (here, next to this marker); 10th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron (here, next to this marker); 18th Pursuit and Fighter Squadron (here, next to this marker); 54th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in United States Air Force Academy.
 
More about this marker. Must have a valid ID to enter the USAF Academy grounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. 550th Fighter Squadron Fact Sheet. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Conquering the Night: Army Air Forces Night Fighters at War (McFarland). (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. They Owned the Night (Grant, Air Force Magazine, 2017). (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. P-61 Black Widow Operators. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. P-61 Black Widow Brief Pictorial Chronology. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Northrop P-61 Black Widow. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
7. P-61 Black Widow Photo Gallery. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
8. Northrop P-61 Black Widow - discovery, restoration, flying (2010)
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. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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