Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

416 Tactical Fighter Squadron

416 Tactical Fighter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of a maple leaf Or a lynx proper leaping downwards.

Significance

The lynx is a fierce and dangerous animal, indigenous to Canada.

MOTTO

AD SALTUM PARATUS (Ready for the leap)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.

Honorary Distinction

The Gulf War honorary distinction emblazoned on the squadron Standard.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '416 (Fighter) Squadron' 22 November 1941.1
Disbanded 15 March 1946.2
Reformed 8 January 1951.3
Redesignated ‘416 All Weather Fighter Squadron’ 1 February 1957.4
Disbanded 1 September 1961.5
Reformed 31 December 1961.6
Disbanded 31 March 1985.8
Reformed as ‘416 Tactical Fighter Squadron’ 1 June 1988.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on fighter operations in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with the 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.10

The Gulf War

The Squadron significantly reinforced the Canadian tactical fighter force that fought in the United Nations' action against Iraq.11

SQUADRON STANDARD

416 Tactical Fighter Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 304/D of O, 31 October 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D296)

2. Memorandum/Note de service, Disposal of No 126 Wing and Associated Units, 14 March 1946, file/dossier S.2-3-126 (DAS), Kardex 181.009(D757)

3. Organization Order 60/50, 15 September 1950, file/dossier 895-9/416 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216,box/boîte 3023

4. Organization Order 2.2.2, 15 November 1956, file/dossier 895-9/416 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

5. Organization Order 2.2.2, 14 February 1961, file/dossier 895-100-9/416 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 142; Memorandum/Note de service, Disbandment of ADC CF100 Squadrons, 5 July 1961, file/dossier S895-100-69/14 (CPlansI), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 142

6. Organization Order 2.5.5., 23 November 1961, file/dossier 895-9/416 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

7. CFOO/OOFC 2.3.3, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-2370 (DMCO)

8. MOO/DMO 107/85

9. CFOO/OOFC 2.15.8, 1 June/juin 1988, file/dossier 1901-1671 (DGFD); NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DOER 206, 081530Z Dec/dec 87, file/dossier 1901-671 (DOER), AHR/RHA 1326-1671

10. Information Memorandum No 73, 24 February 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 304/D of O, 31 October 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D296); ADGB Org Cir No 19/AOA/1944, 10 February 1944, Kardex 181.006 (D86); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; AFHS, “No.416 Squadron”, PRF/DRP RS7 416

11. CFSO/OSFC 5/94, 1994-05-06, PRF/DRP RS7 416

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