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The 495th Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing and stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England. The squadron motto "MALA IPSA NOVA" translates to "Bad News Itself".

495th Tactical Fighter Squadron
495th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Active1941-1944; 1977-1991
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Motto(s)Mala Ipsa Nova
(Bad News Itself)
Tail ColorGreen



Activated as a Southeastern Air District Army Air Corps training squadron, equipped with a variety of second-line aircraft, both single and twin engine, preparing its pilots and maintenance crews for eventual combat. After the Pearl Harbor Attack, the squadron flew antisubmarine patrols[1] from, March–April 1942. Resumed aircrew training, many of the group's members went on to serve in squadrons stationed in Europe and the Pacific theaters.

Eventually coming under the AAF III Fighter Command in 1944, trained replacement pilots with P-47 Thunderbolts, inactivated in 1944 with the end of RTU training.

495th TFS F-111F 70-2391. Ribbon on tail is for Operation El Dorado Canyon raid on Libya in April 1986.

Reactivated in 1977 as a fourth tactical fighter squadron with the modern USAF 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England. The 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron was activated with the 48th TFW on 1 April 1977 with a squadron tail color of green. This was 33 years to the day since the squadron’s inactivation. The 495th mission was as a replacement training unit for F-111F pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSO) assigned to the other three fighter squadron.

Inactivated in December 1991 with the retirement of the F-111F at Lakenheath.


  • Constituted 9th Reconnaissance Squadron (Light) on 20 November 1940.
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated: 88th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 14 August 1941
Redesignated: 88th Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 28 August 1942
Redesignated: 495th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 August 1943
Disbanded on 1 April 1944[1]
  • Reconstituted, redesignated: 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron and activated on 1 April 1977 (not operational until 29 July 1977)[2]
Inactivated on 13 December 1991


Attached on 15 January 1941
Assigned on 14 August 1941





  1. ^ a b c Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 597. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
  2. ^ See Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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