Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

440 Transport Squadron

440 Transport Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of clouds Argent displayed a bat Gules.

Significance

The bat is suggestive of night flying and the use of radar, and the clouds conditions of poor visibility, both of which were especially applicable to the squadron’s role when reformed as an all-weather fighter squadron in the 1950s.

MOTTO

KA GANAWAITAK SAGUENAY (He who protects the Saguenay)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

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

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.11 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 5 October 1932.1
Redesignated 'No.111 (Coast Artillery Co-operation) Squadron' 15 November 1937.2
Redesignated 'No.111 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 July 1940.3
Disbanded 1 February 1941.4
Reformed 3 November 1941.5
Redesignated '440 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 8 February 1944.6
Disbanded 7 September 1945.7
Reformed as '440 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron' 1 October 1953.8
Disbanded 31 December 1962.9
Reformed as '440 Communications and Rescue Squadron' 8 July 1968,10 from '111 Composite Unit' (authorized 1 January 1959).11
Redesignated '440 Transport and Rescue Squadron' 1 October 1968.12
Redesignated '440 Transport Squadron' 1 May 1995.14

Note - No lineal connection with '11 Squadron' of 1939-45. See 11 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on air defence operations in western Canada and Alaska under 'Western Air Command'. After its transfer overseas, the squadron served on fighter and light bomber operations in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands with '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.15

SQUADRON STANDARD

440 Transport Squadron

1. GO 147/32

2. GO 166/37

2. AFGO 38/25

4. Organization Order No 9, 31 January 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, RCAF Diaries, microfilm 96

5. Secret Organization Order No 26, 3 November 1941, file/dossier S.19-105-1 (DAO), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 96

6. Letter/lettre, S/L J.M. Easton, for/pour AOC-in-C, RCAF Overseas, 2 February 1944, file/dossier S.2-24-2; Letter to Headquarters/Lettre au quartier-général, ADGB Comd HQ 2nd TAF, 4 February 1944, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Document Collection/collection de documents AIR 37/786

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

8. Organization Order 51/53, 15 July 1953, file/dossier 895-9/440 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

9. Organization Order 4.4.1, 31 July 1962, file/dossier 895-9/440, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

10. Amendment List 1 to CFOO 8.5(L)/Liste de modificatifs 1 de l'OOFC 8.5(L), 18 July/juillet 1968, file/dossier F1901-3063/111

11. Organization Order 6.2.2, 15 October 1958, file/dossier 895-63/111 (COrgM), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 259

12. Amendment List 2 to CFOO 8.5(L)/Liste de modificatifs 2 de l'OOFC 8.5(L), 1 October/octobre 1968, file/dossier F1901-2616 (DO)

13. CFOO/OOFC 2.7.2, 8 September/septembre, 1977, file/dossier 1901-2616 (DMCO)

14. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DGMP 009, 4 May/mai 1995, file/dossier 1901-1 (DEPR)

15. Letter/lettre, Squadron Leader A. Yuile, for AOC, WAC, 3 January 1944, file/dossier S.214-7-1 (ASO 3), Kardex 181.006 (D292); Statement and Organization Charts for the Home and Overseas War and BCATP Organization, 15 April 1943, file/dossier S.6803 (D of O), Kardex 181.002 (D421); Memorandum/Note de service, Notes for CAS, Appendix A, 12 September 1959, Document Collection/collection de documents 77/543; Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); No 83 Group - Tactical Air Force - Fighter Command, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Information Memorandum No 138, 11 July 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), 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.440 Squadron", PRF/DRP R S7 400; Memorandum No 1/43, 29 April 1943, file/dossier S.15-36-10 vol 1 (DSD), Kardex 181.003 (D473)

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