Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron

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Argent a buffalo's head couped proper


The buffalo is a fierce and powerful fighter.




The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1945; BALTIC, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1943-1944.


Authorized as '404 (Coastal Fighter) Squadron' 15 April 1941.1
Disbanded 25 May 1945.2
Reformed as '404 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron' 30 April 1951.3
Redesignated '404 Maritime Patrol Squadron' 17 July 1956.4
Redesignated '404 Maritime Training Squadron' 1 September 1975.5
Redesignated '404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron' 1 June 1982.7


The Second World War

The squadron flew against enemy shipping along the Norwegian and Dutch coasts and provided long-range fighter escort for 'Coastal Command's' anti-submarine aircraft over the Bay of Biscay.8


404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”

2. Letter/lettre, Flight Lieutenant P.E. Wilkinson, Adjutant for/pour Officer Commanding, No.404 RCAF Squadron, to/à Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 31 May 1945, file/dossier S.21-7-404 (DAS), Kardex 181.003 (D3007); Information Memorandum No 119, 25 May 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-404 (DAS), Kardex 181.006 (D283)

3. Organization Order 17/51, 20 March 1951, file/dossier 895-9/404 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

4. Amendment List 2 to Organization Order 9.2.1, 17 July 1956, file/dossier 895-9/404, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

5. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DOE 309, 241800Z July/juillet 1975, file/dossier 1901-280/C3-3 TD 5100 (DOE), AHR/RHA 1326-2554

6. CFOO/OOFC 2.2.1, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-2254 (DMCO)

7. CFOO/OOFC 2.2.1, 1 June/juin 1982, file/dossier 1901-2554 (DMCO)

8. Message, Headquarters 18 Group to HQCC, 26 July 1942, file/dossier AO.144 26/7, on Document Collection file Air 15/537/dans le dossier Air 15/537 de la collection de documents; AFHS, “404 (Buffalo) Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 404

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