Skip to main content
Edit entry 

317th Fighter Squadron


The 317th Fighter Squadron was activated on 1 July 1942 at Theodore Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checker Tails". After six months of intensive training in the P-40 Warhawk, the 317th embarked for North Africa aboard the USS Ranger, in consort with its sister squadrons, the 318th and 319th. The 317th flew its first combat mission in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) under Twelfth Air Force on 17 April 1943. Flying P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs, the 317th fought in 13 separate campaigns where it earned two Distinguished Unit Citations in action over Italy and Sardinia. In October 1945, after the conclusion of the European air war, the 317th returned to the United States and was inactivated.


Part of
Not yet known
Previously was
Not yet known
Not yet known



  • William Cheney

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • Lewis Chick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/squadron commander | 355th Fighter Group
    Lt Col USAF retired AAC-AAF-USAF 1937- 1958 ETO Jan 1943 - Dec 1943 (4th FG & 355th FG) MTO Dec 1943 - July 1944 CO 317th FS 325th FG 6 air kills (all ME-109s) while flying P-47D s/n 42-76021 #10 "Rocky"

  • Herschel Green

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot - Squadron Commander | 325th Fighter Group
    18 Victory Ace - 2nd highest score in the 15th AF. Leading ace of the 325th FG ...

  • George Novotny

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 325th Fighter Group
    Pilot and Ace, 317 FS, 325 FG, 12th AF, Flew P-40's, P-47's & P-51's and finished tour, tour expired, he returned to the states as an instructor pilot and trained the Free French Air Force pilots at Oscoda Army Air Field (later to become Wurtsmith AFB...

  • James Toner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine/deputy group commander | 325th Fighter Group
    Lt Col USAF retired 1940-1965 Wingman 18th PG SWP P-36 & P-40 1941-42 Flight leader 317th FS P-40 & P-47 1943 - 1944 CO 318th FS P-51 1944 Deputy Commander 325th FG 1944 - 45 3 air kills (1 x ME-109 + 2 x FW-190) 147 combat missions


Show more




Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 04:10:57 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations