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

6th Night Fighter Squadron

Hoot Owls

 

— Black Widow P-61 —

 
6th Night Fighter Squadron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
1. 6th Night Fighter Squadron Marker
Inscription.  

In memory of those who served and those who died
to provide night defense for Oahu, Canton, Guadalcanal,
New Guinea, Saipan and Iwo Jima with the
P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-70 and P-61.

Activated 13 Mar 1917 Oahu, T.H.
Inactivated 20 Feb 1947 Yokoto, Japan

First operational night fighter squadron (AAC)
Designated 9 Jan 1943


 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 39° 0.978′ N, 104° 51.321′ 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. Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (here, next to this marker); 357th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); 474th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); P51 Mustang Pilots Association (here, next to this marker); 5th Bombardment Group (H)
6th Night Fighter Squadron Marker on Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
2. 6th Night Fighter Squadron Marker on Memorial Wall
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(here, next to this marker); 19th Troop Carrier Squadron (here, next to this marker); 64th Fighter Squadron (here, next to this marker); 48th Fighter-Bomber Wing (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. 6th Weapons Squadron. Wikipedia entry:
Current squadron incarnation (Submitted on January 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. P-61 Black Widow. World War 2 database entry (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Bite of the Black Widow – Northrop’s P-61. HistoryNet website entry (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

4. Conquering the Night: Army Air Forces Night Fighters at War. Air Force History And Museums PDF (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. They Owned the Night. Air Force Magazine website entry (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

6. Night Fighters of World War II Historical Collection (Wright State Univ). (Submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
P-61A s/n42-5524 "Midnight Mickey" of the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, on Saipan image. Click for full size.
via World War Photos, unknown
3. P-61A s/n42-5524 "Midnight Mickey" of the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, on Saipan
P-61A s/n42-5524 "Midnight Mickey" of the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, on Saipan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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Jul. 4, 2022