491st Fighter-Bomber Squadron

The 491st Fighter-Bomber Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 84th Fighter Group at Harding Field, Louisiana, where it was inactivated on 1 April 1944.

491st Fighter-Bomber Squadron
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
491st Fighter-Bomber Squadron emblem (approved 10 July 1943)[1]304 Bombardment Sq (later 491st Fighter-Bomber Sq) emblem.png


The squadron was first activated at Hunter Field, Georgia in February 1942 as one of the four original squadrons of the 84th Bombardment Group. The squadron was briefly equipped with the Vultee V-72 Vengeance, but after experimenting with that unsuccessful aircraft, re-equipped with the Douglas A-24 Banshee The squadron acted as an operational and replacement training unit from late 1942 until disbanding in 1944.[1]


  • Constituted as the 304th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 13 January 1942
Activated on 10 February 1942
Redesignated 491st Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 August 1943
Disbanded on 1 April 1944[1]



  • Hunter Field, Georgia, 10 February 1942
  • Drew Field, Florida, 8 February 1943
  • Harding Field, Louisiana, 4 October 1943 – 1 April 1944[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp.491-492


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.