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409 "Nighthawk" Squadron (RCAF)

Media Nox Meridies Noster - King George VI, March 1944
Adopted By: City of Victoria, BC

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Defiant I, Beaufighter IIF, VIF, Mosquito NF XIII)

The squadron was formed at Digby, Licolnshire UK on June 17, 1941 as the RCAF’s 7th squadron formed overseas during WWII. It was designated as a night fighter unit and was originally equipped with Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. 1 aircraft. These were rapidly superseded in September 1941 by Bristol Beaufighter Mk. IIF night fighter aircraft. The squadron participated in the night air defence of Great Britain and its first victory was registered in November 1941 by the CO, Wing Commander Paul Davoud. From July 1941 to February 1943 the squadron was based at Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire. In June 1942 the squadron re-equipped with the Beaufighter VIF. In February 1943 t6he squadron moved to Acklington, Northumberland where it remained until February 1944. At that time, while remaining at Acklington, the squadron became part of No 147 (RAF) Wing of the Second Tactical Air Force. It re-equipped with de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XIII aircraft and after short stays at West Malling, Kent and Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, during which it covered the D-Day landings, it was the first night fighter squadron to cross to Normandy and operate from the Continent. Thereafter it followed the invading troops through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and finally Germany. From the period June 1944 to May 1945 it was the top-scoring RAF/RCAF night fighter unit. Its tally was 58½ aircraft and12 V-1 flying bombs. The squadron was disbanded at Twente, the Netherlands on July 1, 1945. The squadron had one ace, Flight Lieutenant R.I.E. Britten. Awards included 2 MBE, 1 DSO, 1 Bar to DFC, 13 DFCs, 2 AFCs, 2 BEMs, 7 MiD and 1 DFC (USA). Battle Honours are: Defence of Britain 1941-44, Fortress Europe 1942-44, France and Germany 1941-45, Normandy 1944, Rhine.Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 409 Squadron 1941-45

MAP 1: 409 Squadron Movements 1941-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)

409 Squadron History Summary 1941-45

408 Squadron History Summary 1941-45 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: CF-100, Voodoo, CF-18 Hornet)

The squadron was re-established at RCAF Station Comox, British Columbia on 1 November 1954 to provide air defence for Canada's west coast as part of NORAD. Initially equipped with the Canadian designed Avro CF-100 they converted to the CF-101 Voodoo in 1962. The squadron transferred to CFB Cold Lake in 1984 to convert to the CF-18 and then deployed to CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany as part of Canada's NATO commitment. In October 1990, the squadron was deployed to the Persian Gulf, becoming the first Canadian squadron to see active service since WWII. Tasked with air defence of the allied fleet in the Persian Gulf, the squadron flew operational sorties immediately on arrival at Desert Home (Canada Dry 1 and 2) in Doha, Qatar. While on active duty, the squadron flew over 100 hours in the Middle East without any flight safety incidents. The squadron was then disbanded in 1991 with the withdrawal of Canadian Forces from Europe.

The squadron was briefly reformed back at Comox as a Combat Support Squadron (without aircraft) but was disbanded again.

409 Tactical Fighter Squadron was re-formed by the consolidation of 416 and 441 Tactical Fighter Squadrons on 6 July 2006 at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta . On 30 June 2015, personnel and equipment from 409 Tac F Sqn were reassigned to 401 Tac F Sqn, one of two Tac F Sqns within the Royal Canadian Air Force which were stood back up. The squadron complements the duties of 401 Tac F Sqn and, assisted by 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, deploys tactical fighter forces to meet Canadian and allied defence needs. Under the umbrella of the NORAD mission, fighter crews are on stand-by 24/7, ready to respond to any aerospace threat. The squadron is now one of two operational CF-18 Squadrons at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑12‑31
Beaufighter
Mk. Vl
EL184
Captain
KIFA
1969‑05‑29
Voodoo
CF-101B
17468
Flying Officer
1956‑11‑21
 
 
 
Wing Commander
KIFA
1944‑09‑20
Mosquito
PR.Mk. XVI
MM286
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK382
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑02‑18
Beaufighter
Mk. VIf
X7893
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑12‑31
Beaufighter
MK VlF
X8192
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑09
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK406
Captain
KIFA
1976‑07‑05
Voodoo
CF-101B
101061
Flying Officer
KIFA
1957‑01‑24
Expeditor
Mk. 3NM
2367
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑01‑19
Canuck
Mk. 5
18682
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑03‑27
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
T3142
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑01‑13
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK481
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑12‑12
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK512
Captain
KIFA
1969‑05‑29
Voodoo
CF-101B
17468
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑09‑19
Beaufighter
Mk. VIf
X8106
Squadron Leader
KIA
1942‑03‑27
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
T3142
Warrant Officer
KIA
1942‑12‑31
Beaufighter
Mk. Vl
EL184
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑18
Beaufighter
Mk.VIF
V8718
Corporal
2013‑08‑28
 
 
 
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑07‑27
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM510
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑07
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM512
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑09
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK406
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑13
Beaufighter
MK VlF
MM918
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑07
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM512
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM547
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑06‑23
Mosquito
N.F. Mk. XIII
MM567
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑16
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK382
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑08
Beaufighter
 
X8162
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑02‑18
Beaufighter
Mk. VIf
X7893
Flying Officer
KIFA
1958‑12‑16
Canuck
Mk. 4B / 5
18499
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑01‑13
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK481
Flying Officer
Missing
1956‑03‑22
Silver Star
3PT
21454
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1944‑06‑29
Mosquito
NF.XIII
MM573
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑12‑31
Beaufighter
MK VlF
X8192
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑02‑28
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
T3051
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑01‑19
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
R2475
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑16
Mosquito
NF.XIII
MM576
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑07
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM587
Wing Commander
KIA
1941‑09‑02
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
R2469
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑27
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM510
Flight Lieutenant Navigator
Killed
1944‑12‑26
 
 
 
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑01‑19
Canuck
Mk. 5
18682
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑15
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM518
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1944‑06‑16
Mosquito
NF.XIII
MM576
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑06‑23
Mosquito
N.F. Mk. XIII
MM567
Aircraftman 1st Class
Died
1942‑03‑05
 
 
 
Flying Officer
Missing
1956‑03‑22
Silver Star
3PT
21454
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑03‑27
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
T3142
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑07‑15
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
MM518
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑08‑08
Beaufighter
 
X8162
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑29
Mosquito
NF.XIII
MM573
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑12‑05
Beaufighter
 
X8140
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1941‑10‑11
Defiant
Mk. I
AA281

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