Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

402 Squadron

402 Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a standing grizzly bear totem of the North Pacific Coast Natives proper.

Significance

The grizzly bear holds a prominent place in Native mythology and is believed to have supernatural power.

MOTTO

WE STAND ON GUARD

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.12 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 5 October 1932.1
Redesignated 'No.112 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 November 1937.2
Redesignated ‘No.112 (City of Winnipeg) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron’ 1 January 1940.3
Redesignated ‘No.2 Canadian Squadron' 11 December 1940.4
Redesignated 'No.402 Squadron' 1 March 1941.5
Disbanded 1 July 1945.6
Reformed as '402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 April 1946.7
Redesignated '402 Fighter Squadron (Auxiliary)' 1 March 1947.8
Redesignated '402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1949.9
Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 18 September 1950.10
Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter) Squadron' 16 November 1953.11
Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Transport) Squadron' 29 January 1957.12
Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron' 31 March 1958.13
Redesignated ‘402 Squadron (Auxiliary)’ 22 February 1964.14
Redesignated '402 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.15
Redesignated ‘402 Squadron’ 1 April 1993.17

Note

No lineal connection with '2 Squadron' of 1918-20, 1925-27, and 1935-39. See 2 Army Co-Operation Squadron.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on fighter operations in Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.18

SQUADRON STANDARD

402 Squadron

1. GO 147/32

2. GO 166/37

3. AFGO 4/40

4. RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 308/40

5. RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 84/41. Note/Nota: On 26 February 1941 No.2 Canadian Squadron was ordered redesignated as No.402 (Fighter) Squadron, but this order was rescinded on 1 March 1941/Le 26 février 1941 l'escadron, « No. 2 Canadian Squadron» a reçu l'ordre de changer sa désignation à « No. 402 (Fighter) Squadron », mais cet ordre a été révoqué le 1er mars 1941. RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 78/41; RCAF (Great Britain) Orders 86/41

6. Information Memorandum No. 133, 19 June 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-402, Kardex 181.006 (D310)

7. Organization Order 726, 21 May 1946, file/dossier 192-10-9/402 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

8. Organization Order 790, 7 February 1947, file/dossier 192-10-64/402 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 121; RCAF Authorized Amendment to Working Establishment, 15 August 1947, file/dossier 192-10-64/402, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

9. Organization Order 82/49, 14 May 1949, file/dossier 192-10-64/402, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

10. Amendment List 2 to Organization Order 82/49, 18 September 1950, file/dossier 895-64/402 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

11. Organization Order 78/63, 5 November 1953, file/dossier 895-64/402 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

12. Organization Order R5.0.17.1, 21 December 1956, file/dossier 895-64/402 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

13. Organization Order R6.0.17.1, 19 February 1958, file/dossier 895-64/402 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

14. Organization Order R8.17.1, 27 January 1964, file/dossier 895-64/402 (DOE)

15. CFOO/OOFC 68/56, 12 December/décembre 1968, file/dossier 1901-280/W1-1(DO)

16. CFOO/OOFC 2.100, AnnexD/annexe D, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-260/0 (DMCO)

17. MOO/DMO 93253

18. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; Information Memorandum No 133, 19 June 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-402, Kardex 181.006 (D310); Letter/lettre, L.F. Stevenson, Air Officer Commanding to/à The Secretary, Department of National Defence for Air, 21 April 1941, file/dossier S.1-9-1, Kardex 181.009 (D3565); AFHS, "No.402 (Fighter) Squadron", PRF/DRP RS7 402

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