Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

417 Combat Support Squadron

417 Combat Support Squadron Badge

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Argent in front of a palm tree Or eradicated a sword Argent and fasces Gules in saltire.


The squadron operated with the ‘Eighth Army’ in North Africa, in the Sicilian landings, and in Italy in close support of the army. The palm tree suggests the desert; the sword, air support to the army; and the fasces, the fighting in Italy.




The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942; EGYPT AND LIBYA, 1942-1943; NORTH AFRICA, 1943; SICILY, 1943; ITALY, 1943-1945; Salerno; Anzio and Nettuno; Gustav Line; Gothic Line.


Authorized as '417 (Fighter) Squadron' 27 November 1941.1
Disbanded 30 June 1945.2
Reformed as '417 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 1 June 1947.3
Disbanded 1 April 1949.4
Reformed as '417 Strike/Reconnaissance Operational Training Squadron' 23 March 1968,5 from '6 Strike/Reconnaissance Operational Training Unit' (authorized 18 June 1961).6
Redesignated '417 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron' 18 April 1972.7
Disbanded 15 October 1983.9
Reformed as '417 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.10


The Second World War

The squadron flew on fighter and air defence operations in Britain under 'Fighter Command' and in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Malta and Italy under 'Middle East Command' and the 'Desert Air Force'.11


417 Combat Support Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; Loose Memorandum 304/D of O, 31 Oct 41, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D297)

2. Memorandum/Note de service, 30 June 1945, file/dossier S.47-20-417 (DAS), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 143

3. Organization Order 889, 5 June 1947, file/dossier 895-9/417, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

4. Canada's Wings, 417 Squadron History (Stittsville, ON, 1983), p.41

5. CFOO/OOFC 2.4.4, 21 May/mai 1968, file/dossier F 1901-2411 (DO); newspaper clipping/coupures de journaux, CFB Cold Lake Courrier, 17 November/novembre 1971, AHR/RHA 1326-2411

6. Organization Order 2.4.4, 8 May 1961, file/dossier 895-22/6 (DOE)

7. CFOO/OOFC 5.44.2, 18 April/avril 1972, file/dossier F 1901-2411 (DO)

8. CFOO/OOFC 2.15.5, 9 August/août 1977, file/dossier 1901-2411 (DMCO)

9. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DMCO 355, 211340Z Oct/oct 83, file/dossier 1901-2406 (DMCO)

10. MOO/DMO 93280

11. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 304/D of O, Kardex 181.006 (D297); Letter/lettre, Group Captain A.B. Guille to/à The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RCAF, 1 Jun 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-417, Kardex 181.006 (D297); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; AFHS, "Sketch History of No.417 (City of Windsor) Squadron", PRF/DRP R S7 417

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