Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

426 Transport Training Squadron

426 Transport Training Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a thunderbird adorned.

Significance

The thunderbird is a mythical bird, the sight of which is supposed to cause havoc and death to those who perceive it. It was the name given by certain Natives to the first aeroplane they saw. The thunderbird signifies disaster to those on the ground who have incurred its displeasure.

MOTTO

ON WINGS OF FIRE

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1943; BALTIC, 1943; BISCAY, 1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1943-1944; Ruhr, 1943-1945; Berlin, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1943-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine.

LINEAGE

Authorized 15 October 1942 and incorporates the following units.

426 Squadron

Authorized as 'No.426 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 October 1942.1
Redesignated '426 (Transport) Squadron' 25 May 1945.2
Disbanded 31 December 1945.3
Reformed from the Dartmouth detachment of '164 (Transport) Squadron' (see below) , 1 August 1946.4  See also 435 Squadron.
Disbanded 31 August 1962.5
Reformed as '426 Transport Training Squadron' 3 May 1971,6   '4 Field Technical Training Unit' (authorized 10 March 1959)7  and  '4 Transport Operational Training Unit' (authorized 1 March 1952).8

164 Squadron

Authorized as '164 (Transport) Squadron' 23 January 1943'.10
Divided into two units, with the Dartmouth detachment being redesignated '426 (Transport) Squadron' 1 August 1946, as above.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

164 Squadron flew on transport operations on the Atlantic Coast under 'Eastern Air Command'.11
426 Squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'.12

United Nations Operation-Korea-1950-1953

The squadron was employed in the airlifting of soldiers and equipment from the United States to Japan.13

SQUADRON STANDARD

426 Transport Training Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; Memorandum//Note de service, HQ, Bomber Command, to HQ, No.4 Group, 16 October 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.009 (D2550); Loose Minute/Note d'accompagnement 2698/D of O, 10 October 1946, Kardex 181.009 (D612)

2. Secret Organization Circular No 63, 19 May 1945, file/dossier BC/S.27339/Org, Kardex 181.009 (D923)

3. Information Memorandum No 176, 10 December 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-426 (DAS/Org), Kardex 181.009 (D799)

4. Secret Organization Order 332, 10 July 1946, Kardex 181.009 (D5420)

5. Organization Order 8.21(L), 31 July 1962, file/dossier 895-9/426 pt 3, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

6. CFOO/OOFC 8.9.6, 21 June/juin , 1971, file/dossier F 1901-2520 (DO)

7. Organization Order 8.9.7, 10 March 1959, file/dossier 895-108/4 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 247

8. Organization Order 6/52, 1 March 1952, file/dossier 895-22/4 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 218

9. CFOO/OOFC 2.13.6, 9 September/septembre 1977, file/dossier 1901-2520 (DMCO)

10. Secret Organization Order No 1/43, file/dossier S.17-164-9, Kardex 181.009 (D1040)

11. AFHS, "No.164 (T) Squadron", October 1952, PRF/DRP R S7 164

12. Memorandum/Note de service, HQ Bomber Command to/à HQ No 4 Group, 14 October 1942, Kardex 181.009 (D2550); Secret Organization Circular No 63, 18 May 1945, file/dossier BC/S.27339/Org, Kardex 181.009 (D923); Memorandum/Note de service No 116, 17 May 1945, file/dossier S.2-12-1 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D278); HQ Transport Command – Location of Units in Transport Command, 15 November 1945, file/dossier S.2-100-57, Kardex 181.009 (D758); Loose Minute/Note d'accompagnement 2698/D of O, 10 October 1946, Kardex 181.009 (D612); AFHS, "No.426 (Thunderbird) Squadron", PRF/DRP R S7 426

13. RCAF Release No.8360, Statement by/énoncé par Hon. Brooke Claxton, Minister of National Defence, Kardex 111.21.01 (D10); Transportation operations Korean Airlift, 27 July 1950 - 1 June 1954, Kardex 111.21.01 (D10); AFHS, "Pacific Airlif", PRF/DRP R S7 426

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