Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron

406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a lynx salient affronté proper.

Significance

The lynx, an animal possessing keen sight at night, typifies the unit's original role as a night fighter squadron.

MOTTO

WE KILL BY NIGHT

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1944; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1944.

LINEAGE

Authorized 5 April 1941 and incorporates the following units.

406 Squadron

Authorized as '406 (Night Fighter) Squadron' 5 April 1941.1
Redesignated '406 (Intruder) Squadron' 27 November 1944.2
Disbanded 1 September 1945.3
Reformed as '406 (Tactical Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1947.4
Redesignated '406 (Light Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1949.5
Redesignated '406 "City of Saskatoon" (Light Bomber) Squadron' 3 September 1952.6
Redesignated '406 Squadron' 31 March 1958.7
Disbanded 31 March 1964.8
Reformed and amalgamated with '21 Helicopter Utility Squadron' as '406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron' 12 July 1972, see below.9

21 Squadron

Authorized as 'Number 1 Helicopter Flight' 1 September 1951.11
Redesignated '21 Helicopter Squadron' in November 1952.12
Redesignated '21 Helicopter Utility Squadron' in April 1955.13
Amalgamated with '406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron' 12 July 1972.14

Note

'21 Helicopter Utility Squadron' has no lineal connection with '21 Squadron' of 1937. See 121 Squadron.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on night air defence operations in Great Britain and intruder operations over Europe under 'Fighter Command'.15

SQUADRON STANDARD

406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron

1. Order of Detail No 14, 5 April 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D285) Memorandum/Note de service, Group Captain T.C. Macfarlane, D/D.P.II, 11 January 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-406 (D/DPII), Kardex 181.006 (D85)

2. Memorandum/Note de service, Group Captain T.C. Macfarlane, D/D.P.II, 11 January 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-406 (D/DPII), Kardex 181.006 (D85)

3. Information Memorandum No 158, 25 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-406 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D278)

4. Organization Order 860, 18 February 1947, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/406 pt 1

5. Organization Order 84/49, 14 May 1949, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/406 pt 1

6. Organization Order 63/52, 3 September 1952, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/406 pt 1

7. Organization Order R10.0.23.1, 19 February 1958, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/406 pt 2

8. Organization Order R8.23.1, 20 December 1964, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/406 pt 2

9. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DO 61, 141830Z Jul/jul 72, file/dossier F1901-1315 (DO), AHR/RHA file/dossier 1326-1315; CFOO/OOFC 9.5.3, 12 July/juillet 1972, file/dossier F1901-1315 (DO)

10. CFOO/OOFC 2.10.3, 9 Septembe/septembre 1977, file/dossier 1901-1315 (DMCO)

11. NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Helicopter Squadron HU 21 (Utility)", undated/sans date, file/dossier 1700-219/21, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

12. NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Helicopter Squadron HU 21 (Utility)", undated/sans date, file/dossier 1700-219/21, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

13. CFOO/OOFC 9.5.3, 26 February/février 1968, file/dossier F1901-1315 (DO); NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Helicopter Squadron HU 21 (Utility)", undated/sans date, file/dossier 1700-219/21, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

14. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DO 61, 141830Z Ju/jul 72, file/dossier F1901-1315 (DO), AHR/RHA 1326-1315

15. Location of RCAF Squadrons, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; Fighter Command Order of Battle to 2200 hours, 7 June 1945, 8 June 1945, file/dossier FC/S.29741/Org.1, Kardex 181.006 (D188); Memorandum/Note de service, Group Captain F.R. West, A/D.D.P.II, 9 February 1945, file S. 2-3-406 (D.D.P.II), Kardex 181.006 (D285); AFHS, “No.406 Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 406

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