Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

425 Tactical Fighter Squadron

425 Tactical Fighter Squadron Badge

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Argent a lark volant wings elevated and adorned proper.


The badge is derived from the squadron nickname "Alouette", and the motto comes from the refrain of the French Canadian folk song. The lark is shown in a hovering position indicative of a bomber over a target, about to strike the enemy.


JE TE PLUMERAI (I shall pluck you)


The Second World War

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


Authorized as 'No.425 (French Canadian) (Bomber) Squadron' 22 June 1942.1
Disbanded 5 September 1945.2
Reformed as '425 All Weather Fighter Squadron' 1 October 1954.3
Disbanded 1 May 1961.4
Reformed 15 October 1961.5
Redesignated '425 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 July 1984.7


The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing and mine-laying operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command' and in Tunisia under 'Mediterranean Air Command'.8


425 Tactical Fighter Squadron

1. Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 1382/D of O, 16 June 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D305); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B", Order of Detail No 33, 22 June 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D305)

2. AFRO 1437/45; Organization Order No 288, 22 August 1945, file/dossier S.17-425-1 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5494)

3. Organization Order 33/54, 16 July 1954, file/dossier 895-4/425 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3023

4. Secret Organization Order 2.2.3, 14 February 1961, file/dossier 895-100-9/425, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, vol 3097

5. Organization Order 2.5.4, 4 August 1961, file/dossier 895-9/425 (DOE)

6. CFOO/OOFC 2.5.4, 1 December/décembre , 1978, file/dossier 1901-2369 (DMCO)

7. MOO/DMO 3/84; NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DMCO 66, 091635Z Mar/mar 84, file/dossier 1901-2369, AHR /RHA 1326-0772

8. Order of Detail No 33, 22 June 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D305); Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/Collection de documents 72/360; Secret Message, 19 April 1943, file/dossier BC/S.29941/Org., Kardex 181.006 (D64); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; AFHS, “No.425 (Alouette) Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 425

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