Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of two tomahawks in saltire an eagle's head erased Gules langued Azure.

Significance

The eagle's head indicates the squadron's former role as a reconnaissance unit on army cooperation work; the tomahawks indicate the type of aircraft with which it was once equipped.

MOTTO

PERCUSSURI VIGILES (On the watch to strike)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943.

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.10 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 5 October 1932.1
Redesignated 'No.10 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 April 1935.2
Redesignated 'No.110 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 November 1937.3
Redesignated 'No.400 Squadron' 1 March 1941.4
Redesignated '400 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 28 June 1943.5
Disbanded 7 August 1945.6
Reformed as '400 (Fighter-Bomber) Squadron (Auxiliary)' 15 April 1946.7
Redesignated '400 (Fighter) Squadron (Auxiliary)' 1 February 1947.8
Redesignated '400 "City of Toronto" (Fighter) Squadron' 6 November 1952.9
Redesignated '400 Squadron' 1 October 1958.10
Redesignated '400 Squadron (Auxiliary)' 22 February 1964.11
Redesignated '400 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.12
Redesignated '400 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron' 22 October 1991.14
Redesignated '400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 1 January 1998.15

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on army co-operation and fighter reconnaissance operations in Britain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands under 'Army Co-Operation Command', 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.16

SQUADRON STANDARD

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. GO 147/32

2. GO 63/35

3. GO 166/37

4. RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 84/41. Note: On 26 February 1941 No.110 Canadian Squadron was ordered redesignated as No.400 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, but this order was rescinded on 1 March 1941/Le 26 février 1941 l'escadron «No.110 Canadian Squadron» a reçu l'ordre de changer sa désignation à «No. 400 (Army Co-operation) Squadron» mais cet ordre a été révoqué le 1er mars 1941. RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 78/41; RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 86/41

5. RCAF CX.8437 A.810, d/19 July/43, "No 400 Sqn 38-5, folder 5 Sept 28, 1941", RCAF Diaries, microfilm 118

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

7. Organization Order 720, 21 May 1946, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/400 pt.1

8. Organization Order 779, 8 January 1947, PRF/DRP R S7 400

9. Organization Order 85/52, 6 November 1952, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/400 pt.1

10. Organization Order R8 14.1, 1 June 1958, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/400 pt.2

11. Organization Order R8.14.1, 27 Jan 64, file/dossier 895-64/400 (DOE)

12. CFOO/OOFC 68/56, 12 December/décembre 1968, file/dossier F 1891-280/W1-1 (DO)

13. CFOO/OOFC 2.100, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-260/0 (DMCO)

14. MOO/DMO 27/91

15. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DEPR 003 161930 Jan/jan 98, file/dossier 1901-7001 (DEPR 2-9); CFOO/OOFC 2.20.10, 1 December/décembre 1991, file/dossier 1901-7004 (DGFD). This action was authorized by MOOs 97026 and 97027 "with an effective date to be determined by the Chief of the Defence Staff"/Cette action a été autorisé par les DMO 97026 et 97027 «avec une date d'entrée en vigueur à être déterminée par le Chef d'état-major de la Défense»

16. (Secret) Cypher Message X.8100, 7 February 1940, DC 79/256; AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; AFHS, "No.400 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron", PRF/DRP R S7 400

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