418th Night Fighter Squadron

The unit was originally formed as the 418th Night Fighter Squadron in 1943. After training, it was deployed to Fifth Air Force and ordered to New Guinea to provide air defense interceptor protection against Japanese night air raids on USAAF airfields. It later served in the Philippines Campaign where in addition to night interceptor missions it also flew day and night interdiction missions against enemy troop movements, bridges and other targets of opportunity. It later served in Occupied Japan and Okinawa where it was inactivated in 1947.

During the Cold War, the squadron was briefly activated in the Philippines in 1958, then became an F-104 Starfighter training unit for the West German Air Force at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in the early 1970s  Its last assignment was with the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing, being inactivated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona on 1 October 1976.

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Description

This metal coin is Brass Tone with multi color enamel for the Bumble Bee logo.  The bumble bee is shown standing on a cloud with a lantern-representing radar- in the left hand and a machine gun in the right hand.  The back of the coin shows the operational years of the 418th as well the regions they were deployed.  A raised relief graphic of the P-61 Black Widow Warplane is on the back.  This was the first warplane to use radar and designed for night fighting.  Measures approx. 2″ round.  This coin came from the estate of Brigadier General Mortimer Gordon of the 418th Night Fighter Squadron.