397th Fighter Squadron
"Jabo Angels"
Call Sign:  Tropic
Squadron ID Marking:  D3
Aircraft Marking:  Blue Cowl
Upper part of tail yellow above recognition stripe
Circa September 1944:
Blue Swoosh to point from cowl down side of aircraft
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397th Fighter Squadron Lineage
Copied from USAF publication;
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force - World War II

Lineage.
Constituted 397th Fighter Squadron on 24 May 1943.
Activated on 1 Jun 1943, Westover Field, Mass.
Inactivated on 20 Aug 1946, Straubing, Germany.

Assignments.
368th Fighter Group, 1 Jun 1943 - 20 Aug 1946.

Stations.
Westover Field, Mass, 1 June 1943.
Mitchel Field, NY, 21 Aug 1943.
Farmingdale, NY, 29 Nov - 20 Dec 1943.
Greenham Common, England, 13 Jan 1944.
Chilbolton, England, 15 Mar 1944.
Cardonville, France, (A-3), 16 Jun 1944.
Chartres, France, (A-40), 27 Aug 1944.
Laon/Athies, France, (A-69), 11 Sep 1944.
Chievres, Belgium, (A-84), 2 Oct 1944.
Juvincourt, France, (A-68), 27 Dec 1944.
Metz, France, (Y-34), 5 Jan 1945.
Frankfort-am-Main, Germany, (Y-73), 16 Apr 1945.
Buchschwabach, Germany, (R-42), 16 May 1945.
Straubing, Germany, (R-68), 13 Aug 1945 - 20 Aug 1946.

Aircraft.
P-47, 1943-1946.

Operations.
Combat in ETO, 14 Mar 1944 - 9 May 1945.

Campaigns.
Air Offensive, Europe.
Normandy.
Northern France.
Rhineland.
Ardennes-Alsace.
Central Europe.
Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Decorations.
Distinguished Unit Citation:  Mons, Belgium, 3 sep 1944.
Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army:  6 Jun - 30 Sep 1944.
Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army:  16 Dec 1944 - 25 Jan 1945.
Belgian Fourragere.

Emblem.
Over and through a yellow disc, a caricatured westerner riding a brown
caricatured bronco, Winged white, shaded blue, and wearing brown trousers,
blue shirt, white cowboy hat, red Neckerchief, and white gloves, holding aloft
two six-shooter revolvers gray, trimmed tan, Each emitting from the barrel a
small smoke cloud light blue, outlined black.  
(Approved 13 Apr 1944.)