Get a U.S. Half Dollar Enhanced to Honor the 94th Fighter Squadron
One of the oldest units in the US Air Force, the 94th Fighter Squadron was established on August 20, 1917, as the 94th Aero Squadron. The 94th was the first US squadron in operation during World War I and got to create their own insignia. Their insignia is a play on the phrase of tossing one’s “hat in the ring” – which is a boxing term that shows willingness to fight. To illustrate this, they chose Uncle Sam’s patriotic hat in a ring.
On April 14, 1918, two pilots in the 94th shot down the first German aircraft by any US pilot. The most famous 94th pilot was Eddie Rickenbacker. Named America’s “Ace of Aces,” he shot down 26 of the squadron’s 70 enemy planes over the course of the war. The squadron received battle honors for participating in 11 major engagements during the war.
The 94th became the first fighter squadron to fly their own planes to Europe the summer after the US joined World War II. They saw their first action of that conflict during Operation Torch, and went on to participate in nearly every campaign in North Africa and Europe. They earned 14 campaign honors and 64 of their pilots shot down 124 Axis aircraft.
During the Cold War, the 94th won the Worldwide Rocket Firing Meet in 1956. They were then one of the first units to arrive in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The pilots of the 94th continued to carry out combat patrol missions off the coast of Florida and were later briefly deployed to Osan, South Korea. Following the September 11 attacks on the US, the 94th were tasked with patrolling the skies over America’s East Coast. In 2006, they were the second unit to begin flying one of the Air Force’s most advanced fighters, the F-22A Raptor.
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