Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

420 Combat Support Squadron

420 Combat Support Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a snowy owl wings elevated and adorsed proper.

Significance

The snowy owl is indigenous to Canada and hunts by night.

MOTTO

PUGNAMUS FINITUM (We fight to the finish)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942-1944; BALTIC, 1942; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1942-1944; Ruhr, 1942-1945; Berlin, 1944; German Ports, 1942-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943; SICILY, 1943; ITALY, 1943; Salerno.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '420 (Bomber) Squadron' 7 December 1941.1
Disbanded 5 September 1945.2
Reformed as '420 (Fighter) Squadron' 15 September 1948.3
Redesignated '420 "City of London" (Fighter) Squadron' 4 September 1952.4
Disbanded 1 September 1956.5
Reformed as '420 Air Reserve Squadron' 20 May 1975.6
Redesignated '420 Composite Squadron' 17 June 1992.7
Redesignated '420 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.8
Reduced to nil strength 15 May 1995.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command' and in Tunisia under 'Mediterranean Air Command'.10

SQUADRON STANDARD

420 Combat Support Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"

2. AFRO 1437/45; Secret Organization Order 287, 22 August/août 1945, file/dossier S.17-420-1 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5436)

3. Draft Organization Order 934, 21 July 1948, file/dossier 895-64/420 pt 1, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

4. Organization Order 65/52, 4 September 1952, file/dossier 895-64/420 pt 2, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

5. Organization Order R2.0.22.1, 21 June 1956, file/dossier 895-64/420 pt 2, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3048

6. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DOE 219, 231700Z May/mai 1975, file/dossier 1920-260/0 (DOE), AHR/RHA 1326-7010

7. MOO/DMO 92031

8. MOO/DMO 93225

9. National Defence/Défense nationale, Establishment Change Proposal/ proposition changement a l'effectif, 15 May/mai 1995

10. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 396/D of O, 6 December 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D300); Secret Dispatch, 19 April 1943, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D64); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; AFHS, “Historical Sketch – No.420 Squadron, RCAF, RFP/DRP R S7 420

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