494th FIGHTER SQUADRON

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Computer made/mounted on velcro   4.0 inch-100mm

 

494th FIGHTER SQUADRON (USAFE)

Lineage. Constituted as 57 Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940.  Activated on 15 Jan 1941.  Redesignated as: 57 Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 28 Aug 1942; 494 Fighter Bomber Squadron on 10 Aug 1943; 494 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 30 May 1944.  Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.   Redesignated as 494 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 25 Jun 1952.  Activated on 10 Jul 1952.   Redesignated as: 494 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 8 Jul 1958; 494 Fighter Squadron on 30 Nov 1991.

Assignments. 48 Bombardment (later, 48 Fighter-Bomber; 48 Fighter) Group, 15 Jan 1941-7 Nov 1945.  48 Fighter-Bomber Group, 10 Jul 1952; 48 Fighter-Bomber (later, 48 Tactical Fighter; 48 Fighter) Wing, 8 Dec 1957 (attached to 48 Fighter Wing [Provisional], 2 Sep 1990-15 Mar 1991; 7440 Composite Wing, Sep-Dec 1991); 48 Operations Group, 31 Mar 1992-.

Stations. Savannah, GA, 15 Jan 1941; Will Rogers Field, OK, 23 May 1941; Savannah, GA, 7 Feb 1942; Key Field, MS, 28 Jun 1942; William Northern Field, TN, 15 Aug 1943; Walterboro AAfld, SC, 27 Jan-13 Mar 1944; Ibsley, England, 29 Mar 1944; Deux Jumeaux, France, 4 Jul 1944; Villacoublay, France, 29 Aug 1944; Cambrai/Niergnies, France, 15 Sep 1944; St Trond, Belgium, 30 Sep 1944; Kelz, Germany, 26 Mar 1945; Kassel, Germany, c. 17 Apr 1945; Illesheim, Germany, 29 Apr 1945; Laon, France, 5 Jul-Aug 1945; Seymour Johnson Field, NC, 9 Sep-7 Nov 1945. Chaumont AB, France, 10 Jul 1952; RAF Lakenheath, England, 15 Jan 1960- (deployed to Taif, Saudi Arabia, 2 Sep 1990-15 Mar 1991; Incirlik AB, Turkey, Sep-Dec 1991).

Aircraft. A-18, 1941; A-20, 1941-1942; A-35, 1942-1943; P-40, 1943; P-39, 1943-1944; P-47, 1944-1945.  F-84, 1952-1954; F-86, 1953-1956; F-100, 1956-1972; F-4, 1974-1977; F-111, 1977-1992; F-15, 1992-.

Operations. Antisubmarine patrols, Mar-Apr 1942.  Replacement training unit, 1942-1943.  Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 20 Apr 1944-4 May 1945.  On D-Day, 6 Jun 1944, attacked German positions on the Normandy beachhead and continued combat operations throughout Jun1944.   Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for close air support of Allied ground forces advancing against an enemy stronghold north of Julich, Germany on 6 Dec 1944.  Not operational, Feb 1972-Jun 1974.  Between 1952-1990: conducted gunnery training and special weapons operations; trained for conventional and nuclear bombing missions in support of NATO.   Participated in the air raid on Tripoli, Libya, 14/15 Apr 1986.  Combat in Southwest Asia, Jan-Feb 1991.  Prepared aircrews, maintenance and support personnel to accomplish USAFE, USEUCOM and NATO war plans and contingency operations, 2000-.

Service Streamers.   None.

Campaign Streamers.   World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.  Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease Fire Campaign.  Kosovo: Air Campaign.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 6 Dec 1944.  Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation: Libya, 10-16 Apr 1986.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1961-29 Feb 1964; 1 Jul 1966-30 Jun 1968; 14 Oct 1976-31 Dec 1977; 1 Apr 1978-31 Mar 1980; 1 Jul 1984-30 Jun 1986; 1 Jul 1986-30 Jun 1988; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990; 20 Aug 1990-11 May 1991; 1 Jul 1992-30 Jun 1994; 1 Oct 2000-24 Sep 2002; 1 Oct 2002-30 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2004-31 Oct 2005; 1 Nov 2005-31 Dec 2006; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2007; 1 Jan-31 Dec 2008; 1 Jan 2009-31 Dec 2010.     Cited in the Orders of the Day, Belgian Army: 6 Jun-30 Sep 1944; 1 Oct-17 Dec 1944; 18 Dec 1944-15 Jan 1945.   Belgian Fourragere.

Emblem. Approved on 6 Dec 1963; newest rendition approved on 30 Apr 2007.

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Weight 0.0000 kg
Dimensions 0.00 × 0.00 × 0.00 cm