Squadrons


400 Squadron

    5 October 1932.  Authorized as No. 110  (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    15 April 1935.  Re-designated No. 10 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    15 November 1937.  Re-designated No. 110 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    February 1940.  Arrived in England.  Flew the Lysander aircraft.

    1 March 1941.  Renumbered No. 400 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Odiham, Hampshire.

    28 June 1943.  Re-designated 400 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron.  Flew the Mustang and Spitfire aircraft.

    7 August 1945.  Disbanded at Lunenburg, Germany.

    15 April 1946.  Reformed as 400 (Fighter -Bomber) Squadron (Auxiliary) in Toronto, Ontario.  Flew the Vampire and Sabre aircraft.

    1 February 1947.  Re-designated 400 (Fighter) Squadron (Auxiliary).

    6 November 1952.  Re-designated 400 "City of Toronto" (Fighter) Squadron.

    October 1958.  Re-designated  400 Squadron.  Re-equipped with the Expeditor and Otter aircraft.

    22 February 1964.  Re-designated 400 Squadron (Auxiliary).

    1 February 1968.  Integrated in the Canadian Armed Forces as 400 Air Reserve Squadron.  Flew the Otter.  

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    1 January 1969.  Re-designated 400 Air Reserve Squadron

    November 1980.  Re-equipped with the CH 136 Kiowa aircraft.

    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

 

 

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    22 October 1991.  Re-designated 400 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron.  

    5 October 1992.  Celebrated their 60th Anniversary.

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    31 March 1996.  Retired and moved the last CH-136 to Mountain View, Ontario.

    1 June 1996.  Moved to Borden, Ontario.

    4 July 1996.  Re-equipped with CH-146 Griffon helicopters

    1 January 1998.  Re-designated 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and absorbed 2 Tactical Aviation Wing: 411 Squadron and 2 Tactical Aviation Support Squadron.

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401 Squadron

    17 May 1937.  Formed in Canada as No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron.

    June 1940.  Arrive in Digby, Lincolnshire.

    1 March 1941.  Re-designated 401 (Fighter) Squadron.  Flew the Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft.

    10 July 1945.  Disbanded at Fassberg, Germany.

    15 April 1946.  Reformed as 401 (Fighter) Squadron.

    4 September 1952.  Re-designated as 401 "City of Westmont" (Fighter) Squadron.

    1 November 1958.  Re-designated 401 Squadron.

    22 February 1964.  Re-designated 401 Squadron (Auxiliary).

 
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    1 January 1969.  Re-designated 401 Air Reserve Squadron.

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    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

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22 October 1991.  Re-designated 401 Tactical Helicopter Training Squadron.

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    23 June 1996.  Disbanded

    30 June 2015.  Reactivated

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402 SQN

    5 October 1932.  Authorized as No. 12 (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    15 November 1937.  Re-designated No. 112 (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    1 January 1949.  Re-designated No. 112 (City of Winnipeg) (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

    June 1940.  Arrived in Digby, Lincolnshire.

    11 December 1940.  Re-designated No.2 Canadian Squadron.  Flew the Hurricane.

    1 March 1941.  Re-designated No. 402 Squadron

    March 1942.  Converted to Spitfire aircraft.

    1 July 1945.  Disbanded in Fassberg, Germany.

    15 April 1946.  Reformed as 402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron.

    1 March 1947.  Re-designated 402 Fighter Squadron (Auxiliary).

    1 April 1949.  Re-designated 402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron.

    18 September 1950.  Re-designated 402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron.

    16 November 1953.  Re-designated 402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter) Squadron.

    29 January 1957.  Re-designated "402 City of Winnipeg" (Transport) Squadron.

    31 March 1958.  Re-designated "402 City of Winnipeg" Squadron.

   

    22 February 1964.  Re-designated 402 Squadron (Auxiliary).

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    1 January 1969.  Re-designated 402 Air Reserve Squadron.

14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

     

        1 April 1993.  Re-designated 402 Squadron.

    5 October 2002.  Celebrated their 70th Anniversary.

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403 SQN

    19 February 1991.  Authorized as 403 (Fighter) Squadron.

    1 March 1941.  Formed at Baginton, Warwickshire, England.  Few the Spitfire aircraft.

    1 July 1945.  Disbanded at Fassberg, Germany.

    15 October 1948.  Reformed as 403 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron, in Calgary, Alberta.  Flew the Harvard MK II and the P51D.

    3 September 1952.  Re-designated 403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron.

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    16 November 1953.  Re-designated 403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter) Squadron, flew the T-33 aircraft.

    25 January 1957.  Re-designated 403 "City of Calgary" (Transport) Squadron, flew the Expeditor and the Otter.

    31 March 1958.  Re-designated 403 Squadron.

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    31 March 1964.  Disbanded in Calgary, Alberta.

    15 February 1968.  Reformed as 403 Tactical Operational Training Squadron in Petawawa, Ontario.  Flew the Iroquois aircraft.

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    July 72.  Moved to Gagetown, re-equipped with Twin-Huey and Kiowa aircraft.

    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

    1 March 1991.  Celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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    August 1992.  Formation of the LATEF (Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight)

    Late 1994.  Retirement of the Kiowa aircraft

    Early 1995.  Retirement of the Twin Huey aircraft.

    March 1995.  Arrival of the Griffon aircraft.

    October 1996.  Arrival of state of the art Flight Simulator  for the CH-146 Griffon aircraft.

    1 March 2001.  Celebrated their 60th anniversary.

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404 SQN

    15 April 1941.  Authorized as 404 (Coastal Fighter) Squadron at Thorney Island, Hampshire, England.  Flew the Blenheim, Beaufighter and the Mosquito aircraft.

    25 May 1945.  Disbanded at Banff, Scotland.

    30 April 1951.  Reformed as 404 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron.

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    17 July 1956.  Re-designated as 404 Maritime Patrol Squadron.

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    1 September 1975.  Re-designated 404 Maritime Training Squadron.

    1981.  Retired the Argus and got the Aurora.

    1 June 1982.  Re-designated 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron.

    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

         

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405 SQN

    23 April 1941.  Authorized as No. 405 (Bomber) Squadron at Driftfield, Yorkshire, England.   Flew the Wellington and Halifax aircraft.

    5 September 1945.  Disbanded at Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

    1 April 1947.  Reformed as 405 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron.

    1 October 1947.  Disbanded.

    31 March 1950.  Reformed as 405 (Maritime Reconnaissance) Squadron.

    17 July 1956.  Re-designated 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron.

   

    1 May 1958.  Arrival of the Argus aircraft.

   

    1981.  Retirement of the Argus aircraft.

   

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406 SQN

    5 April 1941.  Authorized as 406 (Night Fighter) Squadron.

    27 November 1944.  Re-designated 406 (Intruder) Squadron.

    1 September 1945.  Disbanded.

    1 April 1947.  Reformed as 406 (Tactical Bomber) Squadron at RCAF Station Saskatoon.

    1 April 1949.  Re-designated 406 (Light Bomber) Squadron.

    3 September 1952.  Re-designated 406 "City of Saskatoon" (Light Bomber) Squadron.

    31 March 1964.  Disbanded.

    12 July 1972.  Reformed and amalgamated with 21 Helicopter Utility Squadron as 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron (406 (M) OTU at CFB Shearwater

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407 SQN

    8 May 1941.  Authorized as No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron.

    4 June 1941.  Disbanded.

    1 July 1952.  Reformed as 407 (Maritime Reconnaissance) Squadron.

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    17 July 1956.  Re-designated 407 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron.

    1968.  Retirement of the Neptune aircraft

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    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

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408 SQN

    15 June 1941.  Authorized as 408 (Bomber) Squadron in Lindholm, Yorkshire, England.  Flew the Hampdens aircraft.

    War time.   Flew the Halifax and Lancaster aircraft.

    30 September 1945.  Disbanded.

    1 April 1949.  Reformed as 408 (Photographic) Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario.  Flew the Lancaster aircraft.

    18 July 1957.  Re-designated 408 (Reconnaissance) Squadron.

    1962.  T-33 Silver Star joined the Lancaster aircraft.

    29 February 1964.  Lancaster aircraft retires and replaced with the Dakota aircraft.

    1 May 1964.  Re-designated 408 Tactical Support and Reconnaissance Squadron, moved to RCAF Station Rivers, Manitoba, and absorb RCAF Station Rivers Transport Support Flight with their C-109 Boxcar aircraft.

    1965.  C-109 aircraft retires and replaced with CC-130 Hercules aircraft.

    19 September 1967.  Re-designated 408 Tactical Support and Reconnaissance Squadron.

    Summer 1968.  RCAF Goose Squadron reunion.

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    3 October 1968.  Re-designated 408 Tactical Fighter Squadron.

    1 April 1970.  Disbanded.

    27 November 1970.  Reformed as Tactical Helicopter Squadron and moved to Edmonton, Alberta.  It flew CH-135 Twin Huey and CH-136 Kiowa aircraft.

    24 June 1981.  Celebrated their 40th anniversary.

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    29 July to 2 August 1981.  RCAF Goose Squadron reunion.

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    Summer 1984.  408 Squadron reunion

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    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

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    24 June 1991.  Celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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    31 March 1995.  Retirement of the CH-136 Kiowa aircraft.

    September 1996.  Re-equipped with CH-146 Griffon aircraft.

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    24 June 2001.  Celebrated their 60th anniversary.

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24 Jun 2016.  Celebrated their 75th Anniversary

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409 SQN

    7 June 1941.  Formed at Digby, Lincolnshire, England.  Flew the Bolton Paul Defiant aircraft.

    16 June 1941.  Authorized as 409 (Night Fighter) Squadron.  Re-equipped with Beaufighter, then the Mosquito aircraft.

    1 July 1945.  Disbanded at Twente, in The Netherlands.

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    1 November 1954.  Reformed as 409 All-Weather Fighter Squadron in Comox, British Columbia.  Flew the CF-100 Canuck aircraft.

    19 March 1962.  First CF-101 Voodoo arrives.

    19 April 1962.  Last CF-100 Canuck sent to Lethbridge, Alberta for storage.

    1 February 1968.  Integrated in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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    1 July 1984.  Re-designated as 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron.  Moved to Cold Lake, Alberta.  Re-equipped with CF-18 Hornet aircraft.

    7 June 1985.  Moved to Baden, Germany.

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    14 Feb 1989.  Terminology changed from Escadrille to Escadron in accordance with CANFORGEN 003/89

    October 1990.  Deployed to the Persian Gulf.  Precisely Doha, Qatar.

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    25 June 1991.  Disbanded at Baden, Germany

    1 April 1993.  Reformed as 409 Combat Support Squadron in Comox, British Columbia.  Flew the CF-18 Hornet.

       

    1 July 1994.  Disbanded at Comox, British Columbia.

    6 July 2006.  Reactivated at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.  Results of the stand-down of 416 and 441 Sqn.

       

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