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440 "City of Ottawa" Squadron (RCAF)

Ka Ganawaitak Saguenay - Queen Elizabeth II, October 1955
Adopted By: City of Ottawa

History of the Squadron before and during World War II (Aircraft: Hurricane IV, Typhoon IB)

[ Note that during WWII the squadron did not have a badge nor a motto. These were awarded later.]

The squadron was formed in Vancouver on 5 October 1932 as No. 11 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' before being redesignated No. 111 (Coast Artillery Co-Operation) Squadron on 15 November 1937. At the outbreak of the Second World War the squadron formed a detachment at Patricia Bay on Vancouver Island, before being redesignated No. 111 (Fighter) Squadron on 1 July 1940. It was disbanded on 1 February 1941 and then reformed on 3 November 1941. The squadron took part in air defence operations in Western Canada and the Aleutian Islands Campaign under Western Air Command. No 440 (F) Squadron was formed in Rockcliffe, Ontario as No. 111 (F) Squadron RCAF. .It was the third of six home squadrons transferred overseas without its aircraft, and was re-designated No. 440 (FB) Squadron RCAF at Ayr, Scotland on February 8, 1944. It flew Typhoon aircraft in the preparation for D-Day and afterwards gave close support to the ground troops by dive-bombing and strafing enemy strongpoints, bridges, and road and rail traffic. They moved with the ground troops through France, the Low Countries, and Germany. The squadron was disbanded at Flensburg, Germany on August 26, 1945.

In the course of operations, the squadron flew 4213 sorties for the loss of 38 aircraft and 32 pilots, of whom 23 were killed, 5 missing, and 3 POWs. They dropped 2215 tons of bombs and accounted for a large number of rail and road vehicles. The squadron amassed 5 DFCs. Battle Honours were: Fortress Europe 1944, France and Germany 1944-45, Normandy 1944, Arnhem, Rhine, Aleutians 1942-43. Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 440 Squadron 1944-45

MAP 1: 440 Squadron Movements 1944-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)

440 Squadron History Summary 1944-45

440 Squadron History Summary 1944-45 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Canuck 3B, 4B, Buffalo, Twin Otter)

The squadron was re-formed as '440 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron' at Bagotville, Quebec 1 October 1953, flying Avro CF-100 Canuck all-weather fighters. In May 1957 it joined No. 1 Air Division Europe to replace No. 413 (F) Squadron at Zweibrucken, Germany . When the CF-100 was withdrawn from service, the squadron was disbanded on 31 December 1962.

The squadron was reactivated a final time 8 July 1968 at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba as No. 440 Communications and Rescue Squadron with Douglas Dakotas and Vertol H-21 helicopters and redesignated as 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron in October. They later moved to CFB Namao, Alberta , just outside Edmonton where they operated de Havilland Canada CC-115 Buffalo and CC-138 Twin Otters. At the time, two of the Twin Otters were stationed in Yellowknife, NWT , and in 1994 after CFB Namao closed the squadron moved north to be redesignated No. 440 Transport Squadron in 1995.

The Squadron's tasks include airlift, utility and liaison flights in support of Canadian Armed Forces in the north, including support to the Canadian Rangers. Like all Royal Canadian Air Force flying squadrons, 440 Squadron can conduct search and rescue missions when requested by Joint Rescue Coordination Centres. They also conduct free fall live parachute operations, cargo delivery to troops in the field, and fishery patrols on Great Slave Lake. 440 Squadron operates four of the famous Canadian-designed and produced CC-138 Twin Otters to carry out its wide range of tasks. The Squadron operates these rugged aircraft in some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet and is the only formed RCAF unit that is based full-time in the north. The Squadron is comprised of approximately 55 members who are a mixture of Regular Force and Reserve Force members. In addition to conventional airport operations, the Squadron maintains the capability to conduct "off-airport" operations on skis in the winter and on tundra tires in the summer.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑06
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN805
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑06
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN428
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑01‑23
Typhoon
Mk. IB
RB325
Squadron Leader
Died
1945‑08‑01
 
 
 
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑18
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN929
Captain
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑19
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN801
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑11
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MP124
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑24
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN665
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑12
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MP122
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑20
Typhoon
 
PD469
Flying Officer
KIFA
1957‑06‑20
Canuck
Mk. 4B
18391
Pilot Officer
PoW
1944‑11‑21
Typhoon
 
PD523
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑11‑28
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MP183
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑06‑07
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN548
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑28
Typhoon
Mk. IB
RB338
Captain
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑06‑12
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN115
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑11‑03
Canuck
Mk. 4B
18371
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑24
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN453
Captain
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑08
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN313
Flying Officer
KIFA
1959‑04‑28
Silver Star
3PT
21586
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1944‑07‑16
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN703
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑25
Typhoon
Mk. IB
RB201
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑21
Typhoon
Mk. lB
PD601
Sergeant
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑30
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN793
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑06‑07
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN307
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑16
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN703
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN720
Wing Commander
KIFA
1957‑06‑20
Canuck
Mk. 4B
18391
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑08‑19
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN154
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑11‑03
Canuck
Mk. 4B
18371
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑02
Typhoon
 
PD493
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑04
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN431
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑10‑07
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN641
Corporal
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑18
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN475
Lieutenant
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑27
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN342
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑03
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN251
Corporal
KIFA
1971‑11‑02
Dakota
3SR
12930
Flying Officer
KIFA
1959‑04‑28
Silver Star
3PT
21586
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑03
Typhoon
 
PD497
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1944‑07‑16
Typhoon
Mk. IB
MN703

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