Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

439 Combat Support Squadron

439 Combat Support Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of a fountain a sabre-toothed tiger's head erased proper.

Significance

The unit adopted the sabre-toothed tiger's head and became known as the "Sabre-toothed Squadron". The fountain is indicative of the fact that the unit was the first squadron to fly Sabre aircraft direct from Canada to the United Kingdom.

MOTTO

FANGS OF DEATH

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.

The Gulf War

GULF AND KUWAIT.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '123 (Army Co-operation Training) Squadron' 15 January 1942,1  from the 'School of Army Co-operation' (authorized 22 October 1941).2
Redesignated '439 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 1 January 1944.3
Disbanded 7 September 1945.4
Reformed as '439 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 September 1951.5
Disbanded 1 November 1963.6
Reformed as '439 Reconnaissance/Attack Squadron' 2 March 1964.7
Redesignated '439 Reconnaissance Squadron' 1 April 1967.8
Redesignated '439 Reconnaissance/Attack Squadron' 30 September 1970.9
Redesignated '439 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 July 1972.10
Redesignated '439 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.12

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

123 Squadron flew on army training operations in Ontario and Nova Scotia. 439 Squadron flew on dive bomber operations in Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands under '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with the 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.13

The Gulf War

The squadron participated with the multi-national Persian Gulf tactical air force in the United Nations' action against Iraq.14

SQUADRON STANDARD

439 Combat Support Squadron

1. Secret Message, RCAF Squadron Formation Dates, 3 October 1944, file/dossier S.47-1-1 (DAS), Kardex 181.003 (D1079)

2. Organization Order No 160, 22 October 1941, file/dossier 1175-6-1 (DAO), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 185

3. Secret Message, RCAF Squadron Formation Dates, 3 October 1944, file/dossier S.47-1-1 (DAS), Kardex 181.003 (D1079)

4. Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718)

5. Organization Order 74/51, 6 July 1951, file/dossier 895-9/439 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

6. Organization Order 4.2.2, 21 October 1963, file/dossier 895-9/439 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

7. Organization Order 74/51, 8 January 1964, file/dossier 895-9/439 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

8. CFOO/OOFC 4.2.2., 1 Apri/avril 1967, file/dossier F1901-3009/439 (DO)

9. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.2, 30 September/septembre 1970, file/dossier F1901-2459 (DO)

10. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.2, 1 July/juillet 1972, file/dossier F1901-2459 (DO)

11. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.3, 12 January/janvier 1978, file/dossier 1901-2459 (DMCO)

12. MOO/DMO 93281

13. Information Memorandum No 138. 11 July 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; No 83 (Composite) Group Organization Chart, 15 May 1944, Kardex 181.009 (D718); 2nd Tactical Air Force Organization Circular No 3/AOA/1944, undated/sans date, Kardex 181.006 (D32); Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; AFHS, "No.439 Squadron", PRF/DRP RS7 439

14. CFSO/OSFC 5/94, 1994-05-06, file/dossier 1600-43-94

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