Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a Canada goose volant proper.

Significance

The Canada goose is at home in Canada, England and Scotland. Its speed and power of flight are indicative of the operational functions of the squadron.

MOTTO

FOR FREEDOM

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1943; BALTIC, 1941-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1941-1944; Ruhr, 1941-1945; Berlin, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1941-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '408 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 June 1941.1
Disbanded 30 September 1945.2
Reformed as '408 (Photographic) Squadron' 1 April 1949.3
Redesignated '408 (Reconnaissance) Squadron' 18 July 1957.4
Redesignated '408 Tactical Support and Area Reconnaissance Squadron' 1 May 1964.5
Redesignated '408 Tactical Support and Reconnaissance Squadron' 19 September 1967.6
Redesignated ‘408 Tactical Fighter Squadron’ 3 October 1968.7
Disbanded 1 April 1970.8
Reformed as ‘408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron’ 27 November 1970.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'.11

SQUADRON STANDARD

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 9627/D of O, 7 June 1941, file/dossier 2-3-408, Kardex 181.006 (D278)

2. Organization Order 309, 2 October 1945, file/dossier S.85-7-9 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5335). This document states that the squadron was absorbed but this was in reference to the personnel not the organization. For the purposes of lineage the squadron was disbanded at this time/Ce document mentionne que l'escadron a été intégré, mais il était question du personnel et non de l'organisation. Toutefois, en matière de lignage, il faut noter que l'escadron a été dissous à ce moment-là

3. Organization Order 936, 29 October 1948, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023, file/dossier 895-9/408 pt 1

4. Organization Order 8.4.(L), 28 August 1957, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023, file/dossier 895-9/408 pt 2

5. Organization Order 8.4(L), 17 April 1964, NAC/AN, RG 24/GE, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023, file/dossier 895-9/408 pt 2

6. CFOO/OOFC 3.150, 19 September/septembre 1967, file/dossier 1901-3009/408 (DO)

7. Amendment List/Liste de mosificatifs 2 to/de CFOO/l'OOFC 3.150(L), 25 November/novembre 1968, file/dossier F 1901-2514 (DO)

8. 408 Squadron Annual Historical Report - 1970/Rapport historique annuel du 408e Escadron - 1970, AHR/RHA 1326-2514

9. CANCOMGEN 098/70, 3 December 1970, file/dossier F 1901-2568

10. CFOO/OOFC 2.7.5, 27 June/juin 1978, file/dossier 1901-2568 (DMCO)

11. Location of RCAF Squadrons,January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; AFHS, “A Brief History of RCAF 408 Goose Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 408

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