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Grupo 6 de Caza

 

Role: Fighter/Fighter-Attack.


The unit was formed as Escuadrón Dagger on 28.8.1978, when the first Dagger arrived in country. When more aircraft became available the squadron became Grupo 6 de Caza on 21.12.1979.

 

During the Falklands War the unit operated three Escuadrón Aeromóvil with IAI Dagger. Escuadrón Dagger operated three Dagger B and one Dagger A from BAM Tandil for training purposes, I° Escuadrón Aeromóvil operated from BAM Río Grande with eight Dagger, while II° Escuadrón Aeromóvil operated Dagger from BAM San Julián.

 

On 7.3.1988 all remaining aircraft of Escuadrón II became operational with Escuadrón I, because the Dassault Mirage IIID/E of the disbanded Grupo 8 de Caza joint this unit.

 

Escuadrón I

Role: Fighter-Attack.

The unit was formed on 16.8.1979. During the Falklands War the squadron received ten Mirage 5P from the Peruvian Air Force. On 13.11.1986 these aircraft became part of Grupo X de Caza. On 7.3.1988 all remaining aircraft of Escuadrón II became operational with this squadron, because the Dassault Mirage IIID/E of the disbanded Grupo 8 de Caza joint the former unit.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger A 14 1978 - 1989 C-403,C-404,C-406,C-407,C-409,C-410, C-418,C-419,C-428,C-430,C-431,C-433, C-436, C-437
IAI Dagger B 2 1979 - 1988 C-425,C-426
IAI Finger IIIA 9 1988 - 1989

C-402,C-405,C-411,C-416,C-420,C-422,        C-424,C-427,C-429

IAI Finger IIIB 16 1988 - Present C-401,C-402,C-405,C-408,C-412,C-413,        C-415-C-417,C-420,C-421,C-423,C-429,        C-432,C-434,C-435
Dassault Mirage 5P 10 1982 - 1986

C-403,C-404,C-407,C-409,C-410,

C-419,C-428,C-430,C-433,C-436

IAI Dagger B 3 n/a - Present C-426,C-438,C-439
Dassault Mirage 5PA Mara 9 n/a - Present

C-603,C-604,C-609,C-610,C-619,

C-628,C-630,C-633,C-636

 

Escuadrón II

Role: Fighter-Attack.

The unit was formed in 1981. On 7.3.1988 all remaining aircraft of this squadron became operational with Escuadrón I, because the Dassault Mirage IIIE of the disbanded Grupo 8 de Caza joint this unit.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger A 21 1981 - 1988

C-401,C-402,C-405,C-408,C-411-C-417,

C-420-C-424,C-427,C-429,C-432,C-434,

C-435

IAI Dagger B 2 1981 - 1988 C-438,C-439
IAI Finger I 1 1982 - 1987 C-408
IAI Finger II 2 1984 - 1984 C-422, C-424
IAI Finger IIIA 9 1983 - 1988

C-402,C-405,C-411,C-416,C-420,C-422,

C-424,C-427,C-429

IAI Finger IIIB 16 1986 - 1988

C-401,C-402,C-405,C-408,C-412,C-413,

C-415-C-417,C-420,C-421,C-423,C-429,

C-432,C-434,C-435

Dassault Mirage IIIE 12 1988 - Present

I-003-I-008,I-010-I-013,I-017,I-018

Dassault Mirage IIID 3 n/a - Present

I-002,I-020,I-021

 

Escuadrón X (Instrucción)

Role: Training.

The unit was formed as Escuadrón III (Instrucción) on 7.3.1988 with three Dagger B and three Mirage IIID. In 1997 the unit received the Mirage 5PA Mara from the disbanded Escuadrón X de Caza. On 4.6.1998 the squadron was renamed and disbanded at an unknown date.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger B 3 1988 - n/a C-426,C-438,C-439
Dassault Mirage IIID 3 1988 - n/a

I-002,I-020,I-021

Dassault Mirage 5PA Mara 9 1998 - n/a

C-603,C-604,C-609,C-610,C-619,

C-628,C-630,C-633,C-636

 

Escuadrilla de Servicios

Role: Transport/Liaison.

No unit history known.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials

Douglas C-47A Skytrain

1 1978 - 1981 TC-18
FMA-Cessna A.182J 3 1979 - Present

PG-341, PG-348, PG-368

Aero Commander 500U Shrike Commander 2 1979 - Present

T-133, T-134

FMA I.A. 50 Guarani II 1 1988 - 1990

T-112(2)

 

Escuadrón Dagger

Role: Training.

Escuadrón Dagger was activated at the start of the Falklands War and operated three Dagger B and one Dagger A from BAM Tandil for training purposes.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger A/B 1/3 1982 - 1982 C-413, 426, 438, 439

 

I° Escuadrón Aeromóvil "Avutardas Salvajes"

Role: Fighter-Attack.

I° Escuadrón Aeromóvil was activated at the start of the Falklands War and operated from BAN Río Grande from 6.4.1982 with eight Dagger (C-410,C-421,C-428-C-431,C-433,C-436). One Dagger (C-433) was shot down by two RN Harrier on 1.5.1982 and another (C-428) was shot down by HMS "Broadsword" on 21.5.1982. During these operations HMS "Broadsword" and HMS "Antrim" were damaged. On the same day Daggers and later Navy A-4Q Skyhawks sank HMS "Ardent". During the next days two other Dagger (C-437 on 23.5.1982, C-410 on 24.5.1982) were shot down by British forces. On 8.6.1982 five Dagger damaged HMS "Plymouth" and the last combat operation took place on 9.6.1982. I° Escuadrón Aeromóvil moved back to BAM Tandil on 19.6.1982 and was disbanded.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger A 16 6.4.1982 - 19.6.1982

C-401,C-409,C-410,C-414,C-415, C-417,

C-418,C-421,C-428-C-431,C-433,

C-435-C-437

 

II° Escuadrón Aeromóvil "La Marinette"

Role: Fighter-Attack.

II° Escuadrón Aeromóvil was activated at the start of the Falklands War and moved to BAM San Julián on 25.4.1982 with five Dagger (C-404,C-407,C-412,C-416,C-434). During the next two days the unit received two additional aircraft (C-421,C-432). One came as replacement for C-416, which was sent home to BAM Tandil, because of technical problems. On 1.5.1982 aircraft of this unit attacked British ships operating in the area of Port Stanley and damaged the HMS "Glamorgan", HMS "Arrow" and HMS "Alacrity". By 3.5.1982 II° Escuadrón Aeromóvil operated nine Dagger. During operations on 21.5.1982 three Daggers (C-403,C-404,C-407) were shot down by Harrier. They were replaced by two aircraft (C-411,C-430) from I° Escuadrón Aeromóvil. On 24.5.1982 another three Dagger (C-410,C-419,C-430) were shot down. On 9.6.1982 the squaudron was redeployed to BAM Río Gallegos and made its last combat operations on 13.6.1982. II° Escuadrón Aeromóvil moved back to BAM Tandil on 25.6.1982 and was disbanded.

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
IAI Dagger A 14 25.4.1982 - 25.6.1982

C-401,C-403,C-404,C-407,      C-411, C-412,C-415,C-416,     C-419- C-421,C-430,C-432,    C-434

 

 

 

Air Bases:

Base

Duration

Base Aérea Militar Tandil/Buenos Aires

1979 - Present

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Grupo 6 de Caza

 

References:

  • IAI Dagger Parte 1 (Jorge F. Nuñez Padin/Serie Fuerza Aérea Argentina Nro. 9)
  • Dagger, Finger & Mara (Jorge F. Nuñez Padin/Serie Fuerza Aérea Argentina Nro. 19)
  • Latin American Mirages (Santiago Rivas ; Juan Carlos Cicalesi)

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