Posted By:William Perry
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Subject:Re: P-38 "UNH" SQUADRON?
Post Date:November 22, 2012 at 04:21:31
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After looking at the original link you posted and the reference to North Africa, I looked a little deeper and it appears that I may have been premature with the 63rd Fighter Squadron reference.

The first link I posted in my previous post has a second squadron with the "UN" designator, the 84th Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Group. I found very little information on the 84th Fighter Squadron so looked more under the 1st Fighter Group.

I had better luck there but found some conflicting information. In the Air Force Combat Units of World War II published by the Office of Air Force History,(available on line) it shows the following squadrons under the 1st Fighter Group;

SQUADRONS: 17th (formerly 147th): 1918; 1919-1940. 27th: 1918; 1919-1945; 1946-1952. 71St: 1941-1945; 1946-1952;
1955-. 94th: 1918 ; 1919-1945; 1946-1952; 1955-. 95th: 1918; 1919-1927. 185th: 1918.

There is no mention of the 84th Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Group.

The 1st Fighter Group did serve in North Africa flying the P-38 as follows from the AF History sited above;

Moved to England, Tun-Jul 1942. Assigned
to Eighth AF. Entered combat
with P-38 aircraft on 28 Aug and flew a
number of missions to France before being
assigned to Twelfth AF for duty in the
Mediterranean theater. Moved to North
Africa, part of the ground echelon landing
with the assault forces at Arzeu beach on
8 Nov 1942. The air echelon arrived a
few days later and the group soon began
operations, attacking enemy shipping, escorting
bombers, flying strafing missions,
and performing reconnaissance duties during
the campaign for Tunisia.

In researching the individual squadrons, I finally found another P-38 with the "UN" squadron designator. The P-38 has the "UNQ" as its markings and is pictured in North Africa in 1943. The unit of assignment is the 27th Fighter Squadron which matches the Air Force History above for the 1st Fighter Group.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:P-38F-1-LO_Lightning-41-7582.jpg

This would match up with your original link referencing North Africa and would make that aircraft one from the 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, 12th Air Force.