Egypt, South Korea and Taiwan squadron histories

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Unread post29 Jan 2011, 16:29

As you all know we have been writing detailed unit histories of all F-16 squadrons over the past years. This project is advancing well and we're hoping to finish the majority of it in 2011. However, three specific countries have a very low amount of specific squadron information available on the internet.

So if there are people out there who possess more information on specific squadron info on Egypt, South Korea and Taiwan, please don't hesitate to contact us through units@f-16.net or via an answer in this topic.

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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 12:36

] Egypt,

Pass.

] South Korea and

Pass.

] Taiwan

Maybe.
I'm getting tired of gawking at blurry photos of KF-16s anyway, esp because they don't print the last three or four digits of their S/Ns near the nose, as the USAF does. 8D
OTOH, from an amateur modeller's POV, the KF-16s are easier to paint, IMO, with their single-tone grey low-vis camo.

On second thought, didn't I already translate a few ROCAF squadron history summaries, albeit not their emblem captions?

BTW, whatever happened to the F-16.net photo gallery of Jap F-2s scheduled for 2009? XD
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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 12:39

http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/F-16%E6%8 ... .9A.84F-16

1996/07: First F-16A for ROCAF rolls out of factory.

1997/04/14: First batch of two F-16A/B arrive at Chia Yi AB.
1997/04/19: ROCAF F-16A/B hand-over ceremony.
1997/10/04: The first 21st Fighter Squadron to convert to F-16A/B, establishes at Chia Yi AB.

2001/12/18: The first 455th Composite Wing to convert to F-16A/B, establishes, with 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Fighter Squadrons.

2002/01/16: The second 401st Composite Wing to convert to F-16A/B, establishes at Hua Lien AB, with 17th, 26th, and 27th Fighter Squadrons, and 12th Recon Squadron.

In other words, the concerned units are:

401st Composite Wing

12th Recon Squadron
17th Fighter Squadron
26th Fighter Squadron
27th Fighter Squadron

455th Composite Wing

21st Fighter Squadron
22nd Fighter Squadron
23rd Fighter Squadron
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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 12:42

http://air.mnd.gov.tw//Publish.aspx?cni ... 59&Level=2

ROCAF, 401st Tactical Composite Wing:

In 1936, established as 5th Tactical Fighter Group, at Jian Qiao, Hang Zhou.
In 1939, transferred to 3rd Theatre (literally "3rd Road") HQ, and relocated to Shuang Liu, Si Chuan.
In 1943, transferred to CACW (Chinese American Composite Wing), and relocated to Zhi Jiang, Hu Nan.

During WWII, operated in Nan Jing, Shang Hai, He Nan, Jiang Su, Shan Xi, northwestern Lan Zhou, &c. Destroyed or shot down 120+ bandits, and damaged 23.
During raid of Bai Lo AB, Yue Yang, destroyed and damaged 200+ bandits.

In 1945, after WWII victory, returned to Jing Ji. After CACW disbanded, transferred to 1st Composite Wing HQ, and relocated to Da Jiao Chang, Nan Jing.
In 1946, transferred to 4th Military District HQ.
In 1948, relocated to Tao Yuan, Taiwan.

In 1953, recon squadron transferred to same HQ, and expanded into 5th Tactical Fighter Composite Wing.

On 15 October 1955, during air battles, 5th Group first shot down a Chicom MiG-15.
On 21 July 1956, during air battles north of Ma Tsu, shot down two Chicom MiGs.
In 1958, during air battles of 8.14, 9.08, 9.18, 9.20, 9.24, 10.10, &c, shot down 21 MiG-17s, possibly shot down three more, and damaged five.

In 1960, renamed as 5th Composite Wing.
In 1976, renamed as 401st Tactical Composite Wing.

On 1 July 1998, relocated from Tao Yuan AB to Hua Lien AB for F-16 conversion.

On 16 January 2002, ROC President CHEN Shui Bian came to Hua Lien AB, and commissioned 401st Composite Wing.

On 31 October 2004, 5th Group disbanded.
On 1 November, 17th, 26th, and 27th operations squadrons established.
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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 12:45

] In other words, the concerned units are:

] 401st Composite Wing

Maybe I gave up and didn't translate the other units after all. Sue me. 8b
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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 13:19

Gamera, yes you did. I have those still in my mailbox. Problem is that we are searching these histories on squadron level, rather then on wing level. This info however isn't useless since we can still cross check the squadron info with the general wing info to check whether there aren't any glitches in these.

But yes, I still have that info in my mailbox for future reference.

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Unread post30 Jan 2011, 16:17

http://air.mnd.gov.tw/publish.aspx?cnid=1696&Level=2

The official ROCAF unit histories in Chinese here, are down to Composite Wing level, not to Squadron level.
AFAIK, two are related to F-16:

401st Composite Wing

455th Composite Wing

I did the 401st, so I'll do the 455th next, "soon".

http://air.mnd.gov.tw/Publish.aspx?cnid=1698&Level=2

OTOH, the official ROCAF unit emblem explanations here, are down to Squadron level, such as 21st FS.
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Unread post01 Feb 2011, 14:13

http://air.mnd.gov.tw//Publish.aspx?cni ... 58&Level=2

ROCAF, 455th Tactical Fighter Composite Wing:

Formerly 4th Pursuit Group, established on 16 October 1936, at Hang Zhou.
In December 1936, moved to Wu Han. Received I-15 and I-16 in Lan Zhou.

In 1941, moved to Lan Zhou, for northwestern air defense.
In 1942, received P40 in India.
In 1944, received P-43 in India.
In December 1948, moved from Bei Ping (now Bei Jing), via Qing Dao and Shang Hai, to Chia Yi in Taiwan. TDY to Ding Hai, Heng Yang, and Hai Nan Island.

On 14 January 1953, expanded into a composite wing, and converted through P-47, P-51, AT-6, T-33, F-84G, F-100A/F, F-5E, and F-16A/B.
On 21 July 1956, during the air battle of Min Hai (Fu Jian Sea), First Lieutenant OU YANG Yi Fen flew a F-84G, shot down two MiG-17s, damaged two bandits, and was awarded the Medal of Blue Sky and White Sun.

In 1992, USA agreed to sell F-16s to Taiwan, and the 455th Composite Wing became the first unit to convert to F-16.
On 4 October 1997, 21st Squadron completed establishment inspection.
On 23 July 1998, 22nd Squadron completed establishment inspection.
On 17 December 1998, 23rd Squadron completed establishment inspection.

On 18 December 2001, President CHEN Shui Bian hosted the commissioning ceremony.
On 1 November 2004, 4th Group and 14th Group combined into 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Operations Squadrons, establishing the composite wing.

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