Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

414 Combat Support Squadron

414 Combat Support Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent over a cloud proper a knight garnished Sable and Gules on a charger caparisonned Azure.

Significance

The squadron became unofficially known as the "Black Knight Squadron". The knight connotes fair but mortal combat. The cloud indicates that the fighting is in the air. Black is the customary garb of the night fighter, coupled with the white horse and red trimmings it gives the squadron tricolours.

MOTTO

TOTIS VIRIBUS (With all our might)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

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

LINEAGE

Authorized as '414 (Army Co-operation) Squadron' 12 August 1941.1
Redesignated '414 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 28 June 1943.2
Disbanded 7 August 1945.3
Reformed as ‘414 (Photographic) Squadron’ 1 April 1947,4  from ‘14 (Photographic) Squadron' (authorized in 1943).5
Disbanded 1 November 1950.6
Reformed as ‘414 (Fighter) Squadron’ 1 December 1952.7
Redesignated ‘414 All-Weather Fighter Squadron’ 1 August 1957.8
Disbanded 30 June 1964.9
Reformed as ‘414 Electronic Warfare Squadron’ 7 October 1967,10 from the ‘RCAF Electronic Warfare Unit’ (authorized 1 November 1958).11
Redesignated ‘414 Composite Squadron’ 17 June 1992.13
Redesignated ‘414 Combat Support Squadron’ 1 April 1993.14

Note

No lineal connection with '14 Squadron' of 1942-44. See 442 Squadron.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on patrol and air intelligence operations in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Army Co-Operation Command', 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.15

SQUADRON STANDARD

414 Combat Support Squadron

1. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 74/D of O, 4 August 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D313)

2. Organization Circular No 75/AOA/1943, 25 June 1943, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Document Collection/collection de documents Air 2/4245

3. Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718)

4. Organization Order 844, 17 February 1947, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte3023, file/dossier192-10-9/14 (DOE)

5. Organization Order 769, 15 November 1946, file/dossier 192-10-9/14 (DOE)

6. Organization Order 24/50, 13 September 1950, file/dossier 895-9/414 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte3023

7. Organization Order 2/52, 3 September 1952, file/dossier 895-9/414 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte3023

8. Organization Order 2.6.1, 5 June 1957, file/dossier 895-9/414 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte3023

9. Organization Order 2.6.1, 8 January 1964, file/dossier 895-9/414 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte3023

10. Amendment List 1 to CFOO 2.2(L)/Liste de modificatifs 1 de l'OOFC 2.2(L), 7 October/octobre 1967, file/dossier F1901-3008/105 (DO)

11. Amendment List 2 to CFOO 2.2/Liste de modificatifs 2 de l'OOFC 2.2/, 26 August 1958, file/dossier895-5/29 (DOE)

12. CFOO/OOFC 2.6.4, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-2417 (DMCO)

13. MOO/DMO92029

14. MOO/DMO 93268

15. Order of Detail No 19, 1 November 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D313); Movement Order, 414 Squadron RCAF, 9 April 1943, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Document Collection/collection de documents 77/403; Location of R.C.A.F. Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718) AFHS, “No.414 Squadron”, PRF/DRP RS7 414

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