Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

421 Tactical Fighter Squadron

421 Tactical Fighter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of two tomahawks in saltire Gules a Native warrior's head with head-dress Or.

Significance

The Native Indian is well known for his courage and fighting qualities, and with the two tomahawks, a traditional weapon, makes an appropriate device for a fighter squadron.

MOTTO

BELLICUM CECINERE (They have sounded the war trumpet)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

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

LINEAGE

Authorized as '421 (Fighter) Squadron' 6 April 1942.1
Disbanded 23 July 1945.2
Reformed as '421 (Fighter) Squadron' 15 November 1949.3
Disbanded 1 August 1963.4
Reformed as '421 Strike/Attack Squadron' 2 December 1963.5
Redesignated '421 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 January 1972.6
Disbanded 31 August 1992.8

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)'.9

SQUADRON STANDARD

421 Tactical Fighter Squadron

1. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 916/D of O, 6 April 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D301); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”

2. 421 Squadron, Operations Record Book, 23 July 1945, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, RCAF Diaries, microfilm 149

3. Organization Order 156/49, 1 September 1949, file/dossier 895-9/421, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

4. Organization Order 4.3.2, 15 July 1963, file/dossier 895-9/421, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024; Memorandum/Note de service , W/C L.W. Queale, Acting DA Prog, “De-activation and Re-activation Dates – 1 Air Division Squadrons”, 6 May 1963, PRF/DRP R S7 421

5. Organization Order 4.3.2, 15 July 1963, file/dossier 895-9/421, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024; Memorandum/Note de service , W/C L.W. Queale, Acting DA Prog, “De-activation and Re-activation Dates – 1 Air Division Squadrons”, 6 May 1963, PRF/DRP R S7 421

6. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.2, 17 January/janvier 1972, file/dossier F 1901-2456 (DO)

7. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.2, 12 January/janvier 1978, file/dossier 1901-2456 (DMCO)

8. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN , D Force S 888, 111803Z Jun/juin 92, file/dossier 1901-2456

9. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 916/D of O, 31 March 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D300); Location of R.C.A.F. Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection 72/360; AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; AFHS, “No.421 Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 421

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