Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

441 Tactical Fighter Squadron

441 Tactical Fighter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a silver fox's head affronté caboshed proper.

Significance

The silver fox, an animal indigenous to Canada, represents the squadron's nickname.

MOTTO

STALK AND KILL

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Walcheren.

Special Duty Area/Balkans 'Operation Echo/Allied Force'

KOSOVO

LINEAGE

Authorized as '125 (Fighter) Squadron' 20 April 1942.1
Redesignated '441 (Fighter) Squadron' 8 February 1944.2
Disbanded 7 August 1945.3
Reformed 1 March 1951.4
Disbanded 15 September 1963.5
Reformed as '441 Strike/Reconnaissance Squadron' 20 January 1964.6
Redesignated to '441 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 January 1972.7

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew air defence operations in eastern Canada under 'Eastern Air Command'. After transfer overseas, it flew on air defence operations in Great Britain and France under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.9

Special Duty Area/Balkans 'Operation Echo/Allied Force'

The squadron flew mostly close air support and battlefield air interdiction missions over Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, under Task Force Aviano, 5 Allied Tactical Air Force from 12 April to 10 June 1999.10

SQUADRON STANDARD

441 TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON

1. Letter/lettre, Wing Commander W.R. Thompson, for/pour AOC-in-C, RCAF Overseas, 3 October 1944, file/dossier S.47-1-1 (DAS), Kardex 181.003 (D1079)

2. Letter to Headquarters/Lettre au quartier-général, ADGB and HQ 2nd TAF, 4 February 1944, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Document Collection/collection de documents AIR 37/786; Letter/lettre, Wing Commander W.R. Thompson, for/pour AOC-in-C, RCAF Overseas, 3 October 1944, file/dossier S.47-1-1 (DAS), Kardex 181.003 (D1079)

3. Information Memorandum No 148, 31 July 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-441, Kardex 181.006 (D293)

4. Organization Order 1/51, 1 February 1951, file/dossier 895-9/441 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

5. Organization Order 4.2.3, 12 August 1963, file/dossier 895-9/441, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

6. Organization Order 4.2.3, 8 January 1964, file/dossier 895-9/441, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3025

7. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.3, 17 January/janvier 1972, file/dossier F1901-2460 (DO)

8. CFOO/OOFC 12.4.4, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-2460 (DMCO)

9. Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B";  Fighter Command Order of Battle to 2200 Hours 7 June 1945, 8 June 1945, file/dossier FC/S.29741/Org. 1, Kardex 181.006 (D188); Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Air Defence of Great Britain Organization Circular No 27/AOA/1944, 2 February 1944, Kardex 181.006 (D86); Information Memorandum No 138, 11 July 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); Samuel Kostenuk and John Griffin, RCAF Squadrons Histories and Aircraft 1924-1968 (Toronto, 1977), p.59.

10. Stephen J. Harris, Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, (xxxxx, xxxx), passim.

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