Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron

410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of a decrescent a cougar's head affrontée caboshed proper.

Significance

The cougar is a Canadian animal noted for its speed and power in striking down its prey. The waning moon indicates the squadron's original role in night operations.

MOTTO

NOCTIVAGA (Wandering by night)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1943.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '410 (Night Fighter) Squadron' 30 June 1941.1
Disbanded 9 June 1945.2
Reformed as '410 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 December 1948.3
Disbanded 1 October 1956.4
Reformed as '410 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron' 1 November 1956.5
Disbanded 31 March 1964.6
Reformed as ‘410 All Weather Operational Training Squadron’ 11 March 1968,7 from '3 All Weather Fighter Operational Training Unit' (authorized 1 October 1951).8
Disbanded 31 May 1982.10
Reformed as ‘410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron’ 1 June 1982.11

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew in the night air defence of Great Britain, France and the Netherlands under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.12

SQUADRON STANDARD

410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 9633/D of O, 9 June 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D280)

2. Information Memorandum No 129, 8 June 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-410 (DAS), Kardex 181.006 (D280)

3. Organization Order 940, 19 October 1948, file/dossier 192-10-9/410 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023; Organization Order 78/49, 11 May 1949, file/dossier 192-10-9/410 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

4. Historical Record, September 1956 - 410 (Fighter) Squadron, RCAF Diaries, microfilm 132

5. Organization Order 2.7.2, 1 June 1956, file/dossier 895-9/410 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

6. Organization Order 2.7.2, 20 December 1963, file/dossier 895-9/410, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

7. CFOO/OOFC 2.5.3, 12 August/août 1968, file/dossier 1901-3009/410

8. Organization Order 101/51, 25 July 1951, file/dossier 895-22/3 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 220

9. CFOO/OOFC 2.5.3, 7 May/mai 1974, file/dossier F 1901-2405 (DOE)

10. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DMCO 92, 251840Z February/février 1982, file/dossier 1901-7700 (DMCO), AHR/RHA 1326-2663; MND News Release/Communiqué de presse du MDN, AFN 13/82, 26 February/février 1982, PRF/DRP R S7 410

11. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DMCO 92, 251840Z February/février 1982, file/dossier 1901-7700 (DMCO), AHR/RHA 1326-2663

12. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; RCAF Squadrons in the United Kingdom, 7 May 1942, file/dossier S.2-3, Kardex 181.009 (D724); Order of Detail No 16, 30 June 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D280); AFHS, “No.410 (Cougar) Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 410

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