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605th Special Operations Squadron

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Active  1944-1945, 1962-1972
Role  Special Operations
Country  United States
605th Special Operations Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force
Motto(s)  Cualquier Hora, Cualquier Lugar Spanish Anyplace, Anytime

The 605th Special Operations Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 24th Special Operations Wing at Howard Air Force Base, Panama Canal Zone, where it was inactivated on 30 April 1972.



The squadron was first active during World War II as the 5th Fighter Squadron, Commando. After training in the United States the squadron moved to the China Burma India Theater, where it served in combat until the surrender of Japan. The squadron returned to the United States where it was inactivated in November 1945.

The squadron was activated again in October 1963 as the United States expanded its special operations units and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, where it trained units of various Latin American air forces until it was inactivated in late 1972.


  • Constituted as the 5th Fighter Squadron, Commando on 9 August 1944
  • Activated on 1 September 1944 Inactivated on 3 November 1945
  • Disbanded on 8 October 1948
  • Reconstituted 24 October 1963, redesignated 605th Air Commando Squadron, Composite and activated (not organized)
  • Organized on 15 November 1963 Redesignated 605th Special Operations Squadron on 1 August 1968 Inactivated on 30 April 1972


  • Helio U-10 Courier
  • Douglas A-26K Invader
  • Douglas C-47 Skytrain
  • North American T-28 Trojan
  • North American P-51 Mustang (1945)
  • Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (1944-1945)
  • References

    605th Special Operations Squadron Wikipedia

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