Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

418 Transport and Rescue Squadron

418 Transport and Rescue Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent an Inuit on an ice-floe holding a harpoon proper.

Significance

The Inuit holding a harpoon symbolizes the function of the unit which stood on guard on Canada's northern frontiers. The ice, with its reflections, symbolizes the northland.

MOTTO

PIYAUTAILILI (Defend even unto death)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '418 (Intruder) Squadron' 15 November 1941.1
Disbanded 7 September 1945.2
Reformed as '418 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 April 1946.3
Redesignated '418 (Light Bomber) Squadron' 1 January 1947.4
Redesignated '418 (Tactical Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1947.5
Redesignated '418 (Light Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1949.6
Redesignated '418 "City of Edmonton" (Light Bomber) Squadron' 3 September 1952.7
Redesignated '418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron' 31 March 1958.8
Redesignated '418 Squadron (Auxiliary)' 22 February 1964.9
Redesignated '418 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.10
Redesignated '418 Transport and Rescue Squadron' 1 April 1993.12
Disbanded 22 June 1994.13

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on night fighter and intruder operations in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.14

SQUADRON STANDARD

418 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 318/D of O, 7 Nov 41, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D298)

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

3. Organization Order 729, 20 May 1946, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

4. Organization Order 776, 26 December 1946, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

5. Organization Order 824, 14 February 1947, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

6. Organization Order 86/49, 14 May 1949, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

7. Organization Order 61/52, 3 September 1952, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

8. Organization Order R10.0.18.1, 19 February 1958, file/dossier 895-64/418, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047

9. Organization Order R8.18.1, 27 January 1964, file/dossier 85-64/418 (DOE)

10. CFOO/OOFC 68/56, 12 December/décembre 1968, file/dossier895-64/418 (DOE)

11. CFOO/OOFC 2.107, 1 September/septembre 1985, file/dossier 1901-7008 (DMCO)

12. MOO/DMO 93257

13. Air Transport Group Headquarters, Historical Report - 1994, UIC 0079, 31 March/mars 1995, file/dossier 1326-1 (ATGHQ Hist), AHR/RHA 1326-0079, vol 3; Roundel, vol 2, nr 6 (March 1995), p.2

14. Fight Command Organization Circular No 21 (204) AOA/1944, Nr 466, Kardex 181.009 (D1647); Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 318/D of O, 7 November 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D298); Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; AFHS,"No.418 Squadron", 9 October 1958, PRF/DRP R S7 418

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