555th Fighter Squadron

555th Fighter Squadron Patch

Active 1 December 1942 – 7 November 1945

8 January 1964 – 25 March 1994 1 April 1994 – present

Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe

Third Air Force 31st Fighter Wing 31st Operations Group

Garrison/HQ Aviano Air Base
Motto Once Green, Always Green
Colors Green
Engagements Linebacker I

Linebacker II

Decorations [2] DUCPUC
AFOUA w/ V Device
RVGC w/ Palm
   "The Yankee Guerilla" Martin B-26C-15-MO Marauder s/n 41-34946 555th BS, 386th BG, 9th AF. Pilot lost control of aircraft while returning from 5 October 1944 mission in the area of Duren Barracks in Southwestern Germany. The plane crashed into a vacant house 5 miles Northwest of Compeigne,France.

World War IIEdit

The squadron's heritage began on 25 November 1942 when the 555th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, was constituted flying the B-26 Marauder. During World War II, the 555th led offensive actions against Axis forces from bases in England, France, and Belgium. For gallantry in action, the squadron was awarded the first of its four Presidential Unit Citations.[3] The squadron was deactivated shortly after WWII ended.



  • Constituted 555th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 25 Nov 1942
Activated on 1 Dec 1942
Re-designated: 555th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944
Re-designated: 555th Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 23 Jun 1945
Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945


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Deployed to Naha AB, Okinawa, 12 Dec 1964-9 Mar 1965 and 11 Dec 1965-c. 21 Feb 1966


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  • [3]555th Bombardment Squadron - World War II
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