• 309th Wild Ducks

    Welcome to the Home of the 309th VFS Wild Ducks!


    The Wild Ducks, the 309th Fighter Squadron, began its illustrious history at Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in January 1942. Although only six months old, the fledgling Wild Ducks were rushed to the war in Europe, claiming their first kill on their second day of fighting. In fact, when Lt Sammy Junkin shot down a Focke-Wolf 190 near Calais, France, it was not only the squadron’s first kill but also the very first Army Air Corps kill while operating from an English base. The squadron continued to fly P-39s, Spitfires, and P-51 Mustangs while stationed in Europe, Italy, and North Africa.

    After World War II, the squadron converted to the F-84, and in 1948 completed the first jet fighter transpacific deployment. For this achievement, the 309th Fighter Squadron, as part of the 31st Fighter Wing, won the first Outstanding Unit Award ever presented. In April 1962 it was the first fighter squadron to arrive at Homestead AFB, Florida. Flying the F-100 Super Sabre, the squadron deployed to Southeast Asia from 1966 - 1970. While there, the 309th Fighter Squadron received battle honors for action in three major campaigns and its third Outstanding Unit Award.

    In 1970, the Wild Ducks returned to Homestead AFB, where they converted to the F-4 and later to the F-16. In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew forced the squadron to evacuate to Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Within one month the squadron was up and running, becoming fully combat ready again in only seven months. The squadron remained at Shaw until it was deactivated in January 1994. It was reactivated in April 1994 at Luke AFB, Az.

    The Wild Duck’s emblem, created in 1944 by Sgt Rolland Root, is a copyrighted design by Walt Disney from Walt Disney Productions. It symbolized the fighter mission, celestial navigation pioneered by this squadron, its around the clock mission readiness, and its striking power. The 309th Fighter Squadron emblem was the first one ever approved for the U.S. military by Walt Disney.

    The 309th uses DCS Open Beta as their install of choice, and In-Game Voice Comms (SRS) as their primary comms with Team Speak as the back up. The 309th currently flies on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST and Sunday at 8:30 pm EST.

    309th Wild Ducks Pilot Roster


    Ray "Bones" Lemus
    309th FS CO
    Mike "Firebird" Northrop
    309th FS XO/Flight Lead
    Boyd "Panic" Smith
    IP/Flight Lead
    Urban "Metro" Molter
    Flight Lead
    Jeff "Dracula" Patton
    Flight Lead
    Anthony "Redeye" Cornelius
    Flight Lead
    Jonathan "Requiem" Breedon
    Element Lead
    Derek "Wertha" Figari
    Element Lead
    Fernando "Grasshopper" Fonseca
    Stephan "Fumes" Freeman
    Mike "Dispatcher" Buggs
    John "Skunk" Washington



    Fighter Pilot
    Larry "Hotseat" Keathley
    Flight Lead
    Element Leader

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