Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent the head of a wildcat affronté Gules langued Azure.

Significance

The wildcat represents the squadron's nickname. The motto is taken from the last instructions of the formation leader when the Second World War Typhoon fighter bombers of this unit were about to attack.

MOTTO

GOING DOWN

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

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

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.18 (Bomber) Squadron' 1 September 1934.1
Redesignated 'No.118 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 November 1937.2
Redesignated 'No.118 (Coast Artillery Co-Operation) Squadron' 1 September 1939.3
Redesignated 'No.118 (Fighter) Squadron' 8 August 1940.4
Disbanded 27 September 1940.5
Reformed 13 January 1941.6
Redesignated '438 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 10 November 1943.7
Disbanded 7 September 1945.8
Reformed 15 April 1946.9
Redsignated '438 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 April 1947.10
Redesignated '438 "City of Montreal" (Fighter) Squadron' 1 May 1950.11
Redesignated '438 Squadron' 1 November 1958.12
Redesignated '438 Squadron (Auxiliary)' 22 February 1964.13
Redesignated '438 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.14
Redesignated '438 Tactical Aviation Squadron' 22 October 1991.16
Redesignated '438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 1 April 1993.17

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on air defence operations on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in Alaska under 'Eastern Air Command', 'No.3 Training Command' and 'Western Air Command'. After its transfer overseas, the squadron served on air defence and bombing operations in Great 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)'.18

SQUADRON STANDARD

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. GO 83/34

2. GO 166/37

3. GO 57/39

4. AFGO 30/40

5. Eastern Air Command Organization Order No 1, 10 September 1940

6. Secret Organization Order 8, 23 December 1940, file/dossier S.15-1-363, RCAF Diaries, microfilm 170

7. AFHS, "No. 438 Squadron", undated/sans date, PRF/DRP R S7 438

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

9. Organization Order 735, 12 August 1946, file/dossier 192-10-9/438 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

10. Organization Order 816, 15 February 1947, file/dossier 192-10-64/438 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

11. Organization Order 13/50, 1 May 1950, file/dossier 895-64/438 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

12. Organization Order R2.11.2, 16 June 1958, file/dossier 895-64/438 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

13. Organization Order R8.11.13, 27 January 1964, file/dossier 895-64/438 (DOE)

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

15. CFOO/OOFC 2.100, 1 August/août 1982, file/dossier 1901-280/C1-8 (DMCO)

16. MOO/DMO 22/91

17. MOO/DMO 93176; CFOO/OOFC 2.4.1.3, 30 September/septembre 1993, file/dossier 1901-7009 (DGFD)

18. Secret Organization Order No 143, 8 October 1943, file/dossier S.17-1-4 (D of O), Kardex 181.009 (D2702); Statement and Organization Charts, Kardex 181.002 (D421); Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; 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"; Memorandum No 1/1943, 29 April 1943, file/ dossier S.15-36-10 vol I (DSD), Kardex 181.003 (D473)

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