Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

870 Fighter Squadron

870 Fighter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Azure issuant from a base barry wavy of three Argent and Azure a winged demi lion Or armed and langued Gules.

Significance

The design shows a lion rising from the water by means of wings and assuming a fighting posture.

MOTTO

INTERCEDIMUS ET DELEMUS (To intercept and to destroy)

COLOURS

White and Blue

BATTLE HONOURS

None

LINEAGE

Authorized on the Royal Canadian Navy order of battle 24 January 1946 and incorporates the following units.2

870 Squadron

Authorized as '803 Squadron', 24 January 1946, on transfer from the 'Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm' (where it had been reformed 15 June 1945).1
Redesignated '870 Fighter Squadron', 1 May 1951.2
Disbanded 30 March 1954.3
Reformed 1 November 1955.4
Amalgamated with '871 Squadron', 16 March 1959, retaining the senior designation.5
Disbanded 7 September 1962.7

871 Squadron

Authorized as '883 Squadron', 24 January 1946, on transfer from the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm (where it had been reformed 18 September 1945).7
Disbanded 23 February 1946.8
Reformed 15 May 1947.9
Redesignated '871 Squadron', 1 May 1951.10
Amalgamated with '870 Fighter Squadron', as above.


1. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.37; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Air Squadron 803 (Fighter), undated/sans date, file/dossier 1700-219/803, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

2. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.55; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Air Squadron 803 (Fighter), undated/sans date, file/dossier 1700-219/803, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

3. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.57; Peter Charlton and Michael Whitby (eds.), "Certified Serviceable". Swordfish to Sea King (Ottawa, 1997), p.59

4. Memorandum/Note de service, Naval Secretary, 25 October 1955, file/dossier NSS 1700-219 (STAFF); VF 870 Squadron Diary, Document Collection/collection de documents 93/303

5. Message, CANFLAGLANT to CANAS, 122045Z March 1959, file/dossier 1700-219/870, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

6. Message, CANNAVHED to VF870, 6 September 1962, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, file/dossier 1700-219/870, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

7. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.38; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

8. NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

9. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.47; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of 826 Squadron in the Royal Canadian Navy", 21 January 1955, file/dossier 1700-219/826, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

10. J.D.F. Kealy and E.C. Russell, A History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962 (Ottawa, 1965), p.55; NHS/SHM, "Brief History of Air Squadron VF 871 (Fighter)", 16 June 1964, file/dossier 1700-219/871, Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

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