20th Fighter Wing History

77th FIGHTER SQUADRON

Lineage

Organized as 77th Aero Squadron20 Feb 1918
Redesignated Squadron A, Barron Field, Texas21 Jul 1918
DemobilizedMar 1919
Reconstituted and consolidated (1936) with 77th Observation Squadron18 Oct 1927
Redesignated 77th Pursuit Squadron8 May 1929
Activated15 Nov 1930
Redesignated 77th Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) 6 Dec 1939
Redesignated 77th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) 12 Mar 1941
Redesignated 77th Fighter Squadron 15 May 1942
Inactivated 18 Oct 1945
Activated 29 Jul 1946
Redesignated 77th Fighter Bomber Squadron20 Jan 1950
Redesignated 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron 8 Jul 1958
Redesignated 77th Fighter Squadron 1 Oct 1991
Inactivated30 Sep 1993
Reactivated1 Jan 1994

Assignments

Unknown1918 1919
20th Pursuit (later Fighter) Group 15 Nov 1930 18 Oct 1945
20th Fighter (later Fighter Bomber) Group 29 Jul 1946 7 Feb 1955
20th Fighter Bomber (later Tactical Fighter) Wing 8 Feb 19551 Oct 1991
20th Fighter Wing1 Oct 199130 Mar 1992
20th Operations Group31 Mar 1992 30 Sep 1993
20th Operations Group 1 Jan 1994 Present

Stations

Waco, Texas 20 Feb 191828 Feb 1918
Taliaferro Field, No. 1 (Later Hicks, Field), Texas 28 Feb 19181 Mar 1918
Taliaferro Field, No. 2 (Later Barron, Field), Texas1 Mar 1918 Mar 1919
Mather Field, California15 Nov 1930 14 Oct 1932
Barksdale Field, Louisiana, 31 Oct 193219 Nov 1939
Moffett Field, California 19 Nov 19399 Sep 1940
Hamilton Field, California 9 Sep 194021 Feb 1942
Wilmington, North Carolina21 Feb 1942 24 Apr 1942
Spartanburg Field, South Carolina24 Apr 1942 20 Aug 1942
Sarasota Field, Florida 20 Aug 194224 Sep 1942
Paine Field, Washington 30 Sep 19421 Jan 1943
March Field, California 1 Jan 1943 Aug 1943
King's Cliffe, England27 Aug 1943 16 Oct 1945
Camp Kilmer, New Jersey 16 Oct 1945 18 Oct 1945
Biggs Field, Texas 29 Jul 194625 Oct 1946
Shaw Field, South Carolina25 Oct 194619 Nov 1951
Langley Air Force Base, Virginia19 Nov 195122 May 1952
Wethersfield, England1 Jun 1952 9 Aug 1955
Shepherds Grove, England9 August 1955 27 Apr 1956
Wethersfield, England,27 Apr 1956 1 Jun 1970
Upper Heyford, England1 Jun 1970 30 Sep 1993
Shaw AFB, South Carolina1 Jan 1994Present

Assigned Aircraft

BOEING P-12 Nov 1930Oct 1932
BOEING P-26PEASHOOTER Oct 1932Sep 1935
CURTIS P-36MOHAWK Sep 1935Sep 1940
CURTIS P-40WARHAWKSep 1940Feb 1942
REPUBLIC P-43LANCER~Feb 1942 ~Sep 1942
BELL P-39 AIRACOBRA Feb 1942May 1942
LOCKHEED P-38 LIGHTNING May 1942 Jul 1942
NORTH AMERICAN P-51DMUSTANGJul 1944 Feb 1948
REPUBLIC F-84D/F/GTHUNDERJET/THUNDERSTREAKFeb 1948Dec 1957
NORTH AMERICAN F-100D/F SUPER SABRE Jun 1957Jan 1971
GENERAL DYNAMICS F-111E AARDVARKSep 1970 Jul 1993
LOCKHEED MARTIN F-16E/F FIGHTING FALCON Jan 1994Present

Commanders

2nd Lt George P Southworth 20 Feb 1918 ~May 1918
2nd Lt John Mason Tilney ~May 1918 ~Jul 1918
2nd Lt Edward S Winfree ?1918 ?1919
2nd Lt Hugh C Downey?1919 ?1919
1st Lt Glen R Blackburn ?1919 ~Feb 1919
2nd Lt Robert C McClenahan~Feb 1919 1 Apr 1919
1st Lt Walter E Richards 15 Nov 193012 Jun 1931
Lt Hopkins 12 Jun 1931 19 Aug 1931
Lt Wittkop 19 Aug 1931c. Dec 1932
Captain John M Clarkc. Dec 1932 c. Sep 1935
Major Oliver P Gothlinc. Sep 35 c. Aug 1936
Major Carlton F Bondc. Aug 1936 c. Mar 1937
1st Lt Orrin L Grover c. Mar 1937c. Jun 1937
Lt Phineas K Morrill, Jrc. Jun 1937 c. Jul 1937
Major Carlton F Bondc. Jul 193710 Aug 1937
Captain Milo N Clark 10 Aug 1937 18 Jul 1938
Captain Orrin L Grover18 Jul 19385 Sep 1939
Captain James W McCauley5 Sep 1939Unknown
Captain Barton M Russell 5 Dec 19411 Aug 1942
Major Robert P Montgomery1 Aug 194211 Nov 1943
Major Herbert E Johnson Jr 12 Nov 1943 9 Mar 1944
Lieut Colonel Russell F Gustke 9 Mar 194418 Dec 1944
Captain Merle B Nichols18 Dec 1944 30 Sep 1945
Major George S Wemyss30 Sep 45 c. Oct 1945
Lieut Colonel John J Hussey, Jr 29 Jul 194611 Sep 1946
Major Harry G Peterson 11 Sep 1946 5 Dec 1946
Lieut Colonel Niven K Cranfill5 Dec 194628 April 1948
Major Delynn E Anderson 28 Apr 194813 Nov 1948
Lieut Colonel Robert A Barnum13 Nov 194830 Apr 1949
Lieut Colonel Edward S E Newbury30 Apr 194924 May 1950
Lieut Colonel Dean Davenport 24 May 1950 1 Feb 1951
Major William L Jacobsen 1 Feb 5130 Jun 51
Lieut Colonel William J Payne30 Jun 1951Unknown
Major Harry H MorelandUnknown 4 Sep 51
Lieut Colonel John W Meador 4 Sep 1951 3 Dec 1951
Major John J Kropenick 3 Dec 19519 Feb 1952
Lieut Colonel Bruce L Morrison 9 Feb 1952 c. Jul 1953
Major George W Askew, Jrc. Jul 1953c. Oct 1953
Lieut Colonel Paul E Adams c. Oct 19531 Jul 1955
Major George W Askew, Jr1 Jul 1955c. Nov 1955
Lieut Colonel William F Harrisc. Nov 1955 c. Dec 1956
Lieut Colonel Robert A Ackerlyc. Dec 56 21 Apr 1958
Major Ray S White 21 Apr 1958 29 Jun 1960
Major Felix A Blanchard29 Jun 1960 16 Jul 1961
Major Dwight N Hillis 16 Jul 1961 30 Jun 1963
Major Robert F Ronca 30 Jun 1963 c. Jul 63
Lt Col Virgil K. Meroney c. Jul 63 24 Aug 64
Lieut Colonel Robert C Laliberte 24 Aug 1964 25 Jul 1966
Lieut Colonel Stanley L Evers 25 Jul 1966 19 Apr 1968
Lieut Colonel Donald H Hooten 19 Apr 1968 20 Jun 1969
Lieut Colonel Robert L Burns 20 Jun 1969 6 Nov 1970
Lieut Colonel Jude R McNamara6 Nov 197016 Dec 1971
Lieut Colonel Frank L Yow, Jr16 Dec 197111 Jan 1972
Lieut Colonel William J Broomall, Jr 11 Jan 197210 Jun 1974
Lieut Colonel Charles A Herning 10 Jun 1974 1 Aug 1975
Lieut Colonel Ronald D McDonald, Jr 1 Aug 197516 Jul 1977
Lieut Colonel William W Hopkins, Jr 16 Jul 1977 18 Aug 1978
Lieut Colonel Frank B Pyne18 Aug 1978 28 Jan 1980
Major Leo J Lemoine 28 Jan 19801 Apr 1980
Lieut Colonel Richard R Riddick1 Apr 1980 12 Mar 1982
Lieut Colonel Raymond J Bartholomew 12 Mar 1982 6 Feb 1984
Lieut Colonel Wilson D Briley, Jr 6 Feb 198411 Feb 1985
Lieut Colonel John H Cain 11 Feb 1985 20 Nov 1986
Lieut Colonel Jon G Safley 20 Nov 1986 6 Jun 1988
Lieut Colonel David F Macghee 6 Jun 1988 11 Jun 1990
Lieut Colonel Harold H Barton, Jr11 Jun 199020 Mar 1992
Lieut Colonel Wesley E Trevett20 Mar 19929 Jul 1993
Lieut Colonel James D Matheny9 Jul 1993 30 Sep 1994
Lieut Colonel Joseph Shirley30 Sep 1994 May 1996
Lieut Colonel Michael R CookMay 199631 Dec 1997
Lieut Colonel David G Minto 31 Dec 1997 3 Dec 1999
Lieut Colonel Michael H Geczy 3 Dec 19999 Nov 2001
Lieut Colonel Jon A Norman9 Nov 200130 May 2003
Lieut Colonel David R Stillwell 30 May 2003 15 Jul 2005
Lieut Colonel Donavan E Godier15 Jul 2005 28 Jun 2007
Lieut Colonel Craig S Leavitt 28 Jun 2007
photo
Clockwise (all 77th): 77th Aero Squadron WW I (20th FWA), Squadrons first aircraft (USAFM), P-36A Moffett Fld. CA (C. Tucker), Lt. Hoey P-40 Hamilton Fld. CA (A. Hoey), Pilots just before first D-Day missions (USAF), Capt Fiebelkorn 20th FG's top ace scores 4 in one mission 9/28/44 (USAF), F-84 tagged by Marines during PORTEX Maneuvers 1950 (H. Martin), F-84Gs RAF Wethersfield 1954 (20th FWA), Group photo F-100D c.1961 (C. Segrest), Lt Col Bartholomew (CC) final flight Mar 1984 (A. Sevigny), Group photo F-111E Distant Drum 83, Turkey (USAF). Center top to bottom: Commander\u2019s aircraft (USAF), Deployed to Middle East (20th FWA).