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  • History of the 45th Fighter Squadron

    The 45th Fighter Squadron was activated Dec 1, 1940 as the 45th Pursuit (Fighter) Squadron, one of three squadrons assigned to the 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, territory of Hawaii. Until 1941 they flew the P-26. They endured Japanese attack on Oahu on Dec 7, 1941. The squadron provided air defense for the Hawaiian Islands in P-36 and P-40
  • History of Whiteman Air Force Base

    In The HeartlandLocated two miles south of Knob Noster, Mo., just off U.S. Highway 50, Whiteman Air Force Base's name and roots stem from World War II.During the U.S.' mobilization following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Whiteman AFB was activated on Aug. 6, 1942, as Sedalia Glider Base. In November 1942, the installation became