487th Fighter Squadron

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487th Fighter Squadron
Emblem of the 487th Fighter Squadron
Active 1942–1945
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Type Fighter
John C. Meyer
North American P-51D-10-NA Mustang Serial 44-14237 "Moonbeam McSwine" of the 487th Fighter Squadron.

The 487th Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with 352d Fighter Group stationed at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.


Activated in September 1942. Trained with P-47 Thunderbolts under First Air Force in northeast United States. Deployed to European Theater of Operations, July 1943 as heavy bomber fighter escort squadron. Replaced Thunderbolts with long-range P-51D Mustangs, July 1944, P-47s reassigned to IX Fighter Command for tactical fighter-bomber missions supporting ground forces in France. Deployed to Belgium in December 1944 to supplement IX Fighter Command tactical air forces during Battle of the Bulge, Returned to England, engaging in long-range escort missions until April 1945.

Squadron demobilized in England during the summer of 1945, personnel returning to the United States. Inactivated as a paper unit, November 1945.


  • Constituted 487th Fighter Squadron on 29 September 1942
Activated on 1 October 1942
Inactivated on 10 November 1945


Assigned Fuselage Code: HO




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