95th Airlift Squadron

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95th Airlift Squadron
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95th Airlift Squadron C-130 over Biltmore House NC.jpg
95th Airlift Squadron C-130 over the Biltmore Estate
Active 1943–1945; 1947–1951; 1952–2016
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Nickname(s) Flying Badgers
Motto(s) On Time, On Target[citation needed]
Engagements Operation Overlord
Operation Dragoon
Operation Market Garden
Battle of Bastogne[1]
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
95th Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 5 January 1961)[1] 95th Airlift Squadron.jpg

The 95th Airlift Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last active at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, where it was assigned to the 440th Operations Group and operated Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft supporting the global reach mission worldwide.


World War II[edit]

Activated in July 1943 as an I Troop Carrier Command Douglas C-47 Skytrain Squadron. After training in the United States, at various bases, sent to Baer Field, Indiana for final equipping with aircraft, personnel and other equipment. Deployed to IX Troop Carrier Command in February 1944 during the build-up prior to the Invasion of France.

During the D-Day invasion, the squadron dropped paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, subsequently flying numerous missions to bring in reinforcements and needed supplies. During the airborne attack on The Netherlands (Operation Market Garden, September 1944), the squadron dropped paratroops, towed gliders, and flew resupply missions. Later participated in the invasion of southern France in August 1944. The squadron supported the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge by towing gliders full of supplies near Bastogne on 27 December 1944. In addition, its units participated in the air assault across the Rhine River in early 1945 (Operation Varsity) and later flew numerous freight missions to carry gasoline, food, medicine, and other supplies to allied ground forces during the Western Allied invasion of Germany in April 1945 near Wesel. The squadron also hauled food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, ordnance equipment, and other supplies to the front lines and evacuated patients to rear zone hospitals. It transported displaced persons from Germany to France and Belgium after V-E Day. Remained in Europe during the summer of 1945, inactivating as part of the United States Air Forces in Europe, October 1945.

Air Force reserve and Korean mobilization[edit]

Reactivated in the reserve as a Curtiss C-46 Commando troop carrier squadron in Minneapolis, Minnesota during 1947. Was federalized as a result of the Korean War in 1951, squadron personnel and aircraft being sent to active-duty units as fillers, inactivated as an administrative unit a few days later.

Reserve fighter-bomber operations[edit]

Reactivated after the Korean War as a reserve fighter-bomber squadron in 1952 initially equipped with North American F-51 Mustangs, later upgraded to Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star jet aircraft.

Return to airlift mission[edit]

Redesignated back to a troop carrier squadron in 1957 and moved to Milwaukee's Billy Mitchell Field. Carried out theater transport operations and supported Air Force and Army units with troop carrier missions. Was activated during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, carried Army units to South Florida in preparation of a possible invasion of Cuba. Returned Army personnel to home stations after situation was normalized and returned to reserve service.

The squadron flew airlift missions worldwide, including to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and to Southwest Asia during the Gulf War. It has also participated in training exercises, some involving the dropping or landing of airborne troops, and flew numerous humanitarian airlift missions.

Campaigns and decorations[edit]


  • Constituted as the 95th Troop Carrier Squadron on 25 May 1943
Activated on 1 July 1943
Inactivated on 18 October 1945
  • Activated in the reserve on 9 April 1947
Redesignated 95th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 4 May 1951
  • Redesignated 95th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 15 June 1952
Redesignated 95th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 8 September 1957
Ordered to active service on 28 October 1962
Relieved from active service on 28 November 1962
Redesignated 95th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 July 1967
Redesignated 95th Airlift Squadron on 1 February 1992[1]
Inactivated on 30 September 2016[2]


  • 440th Troop Carrier Group, 1 July 1943 – 18 October 1945
  • Second Air Force, 9 April 1947
  • 440th Troop Carrier Group, 3 September 1947 – 4 May 1951
  • 440th Fighter-Bomber Group (later 440th Troop Carrier Group), 15 June 1952
  • 440th Troop Carrier Wing, 14 April 1959
  • 933d Troop Carrier Group (later 933d Tactical Airlift Group), 11 February 1963
  • 440th Tactical Airlift Wing (later 440th Airlift Wing), 1 September 1975
  • 440th Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992 – 30 September 2016[1][2]




  1. ^ a b c d e f Robertson, Patsy (October 28, 2011). "Factsheet 95 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Brooks, Drew (September 19, 2016). "440th Airlift Wing Bids Farewell in Deactivation [sic] Ceremony". Military.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Station number in Anderson.
  4. ^ a b c Station number in Johnson.
  5. ^ Station information in Robertson, except as noted.


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

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