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441 "Silver Fox" Squadron (RCAF) ( 25)

Stalk and Kill - King George VI, December 1945

History of the Squadron before and during World War II (Aircraft: Spitfires of several Mks, Mustang III)

No 441 (F) Squadron was formed in Sydney, NS as No. 125 (F) Squadron RCAF on 20 April 1942. It flew Hawker Hurricane aircraft on East Coast air defence. It was the fourth of six home squadrons transferred overseas without its aircraft, and was re-designated No. 441 (F) Squadron RCAF at Digby, Lincolnshire, UK on February 8 1944. It flew Spitfire aircraft in offensive and defensive operations in the preparation for D-Day, and afterwards gave close support to the ground troops. It moved with the ground troops through France and Belgium, and returned to the UK in October 1944 and flew from various bases there until the end of hostilities in Europe. In May 1945 the squadron was re-equipped with Mustang aircraft, to provide fighter cover for long-range bomber groups, but were never operational in this role. The squadron was disbanded at Molesworth, Huntingdonshire, UK on August 7, 1945.

In the course of operations, the squadron flew 3148 sorties for the loss of16 pilots, of whom 2 were killed, 7 presumed dead and 6 POWs. They accounted for 56 enemy aircraft confirmed destroyed and 12 damaged. In ground attacks they were credited with 500-plus vehicles. The squadron had 3 aces: Flight Lieutenant D.H. Kimball, DFC; Flight Lieutenant G.E. Mott, DFC and Flight Lieutenant T.A. Brannigan DFC. The squadron amassed 9 DFCs, 1 Croix de Guerre (France) and 3 MiDs. Battle Honours were: Defence of Britain 1945, Fortress Europe 1944, France and Germany 1944-45, Normandy 1944, Arnhem, Walcheren.Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 441 Squadron 1944-45

MAP 1: 441 Squadron Movements 1944-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)
MAP 2: 441 Squadron Movements 1944-45 (Detail of Map 1)
MAP 3: 441 Squadron Movements in Europe 1944-45

441 Squadron History Summary 1944-45

441 Squadron History Summary 1944-45 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Vampire III, Sabre 2, 5, 6, Starfighter, Hornet)

No 441 Squadron reformed at RCAF Station St. Hubert on 1 March 1951, flying de Havilland Vampire III and later Canadair Sabre Mks. 2, 5 and 6. They joined No 1 (Fighter) Wing, then located at RAF North Luffenham, in Rutland, England on 13 February 1952. The squadron was temporarily situated at 3 Wing Zweibr├╝cken, Germany on 21 December 1954, before moving to their intended destination, RCAF Station Marville, France . It was selected as one of the eight squadrons to be re-equipped with the CF-104 Starfighter, so it was deactivated on 1 September 1963 at Marville and then reactivated (reformed) as No 441 Strike/Attack squadron on 15 September. It then moved with 1 Wing to CFB Lahr, Germany in April 1967. On 1 February 1968 the squadron was integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces. In 1971 the squadron moved to CFB Baden-Soellingen and changed its name to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron. They disbanded again in 1986 and then finally reformed at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta on 26 June 1986, flying CF-18 Hornet aircraft. The squadron flew mostly close air support and battlefield air interdiction missions over Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, under Task Force Aviano, 5 Allied Tactical Air Force from 12 April to 10 June 1999.

On 6 July 2006, No 441 Squadron was finally stood down (disbanded), and its crews amalgamated with 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron at CFB Cold Lake and re-formed as 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron. The squadron's colours and battle honours have been placed in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where it first operated.


Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1968‑04‑03
Starfighter (12740)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1958‑11‑20
Sabre (23555)
Middlesex County, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑25
Spitfire (ML360)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑01‑23
Spitfire (MK585)
St Anne, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1956‑08‑20
Sabre (23654)
Newdale, Manitoba
Squadron Leader
Prisoner of War
1944‑08‑15
Spitfire (NH233)
Windsor, Ontario
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑10‑28
Spitfire (MJ301)
St Marie de Beauce, Quebec
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑08‑13
Spitfire (NH178)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑05
Spitfire (MH756)
Toronto, Ontario
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1990‑01‑29
Hornet (CF-188) (188726)
Fremantle, Australia
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1957‑05‑02
Sabre (23530)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1960‑11‑09
Sabre (23497)
Hamilton, Ontario
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1988‑04‑05
Hornet (CF-188) (188773)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Lieutenant
Killed in Flying Accident
1969‑11‑06
Starfighter (12781)
Hamburg, Germany
Flying Officer
Prisoner of War
1944‑06‑30
Spitfire (MK737)
Markham, Ontario
Major
Killed in Flying Accident
1976‑02‑12
Starfighter (12714)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Squadron Leader
Prisoner of War
1944‑04‑25
Spitfire (MK519)
 
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑10
Spitfire (MK216)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1945‑07‑24
Mustang (KH569)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑10‑28
Spitfire (MK602)
Humber Bay, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑05‑05
Spitfire (MJ473)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑09‑25
Spitfire (NH151)
Windsor, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑04‑25
Spitfire (MK394)
Toronto, Ontario
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1990‑04‑22
Hornet (CF-188) (188772)
Peterborough, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑12
Spitfire (MH447)
Hopewell, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

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