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441 "Silver Fox" Squadron (RCAF)

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 Zweibrücken, 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.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Captain
KIFA
1968‑04‑03
Starfighter
CF-104
12740
Flying Officer
KIFA
1958‑11‑20
Sabre
6
23555
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑09‑25
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
ML360
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑23
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK585
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑08‑20
Sabre
6
23654
Squadron Leader
PoW
1944‑08‑15
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
NH233
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑28
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MJ301
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑13
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
NH178
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑05
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MH756
Captain
KIFA
1990‑01‑29
Hornet (CF-188)
 
188726
Flying Officer
KIFA
1957‑05‑02
Sabre
6
23530
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑11‑09
Sabre
6
23497
Captain
KIFA
1988‑04‑05
Hornet (CF-188)
 
188773
Lieutenant
KIFA
1969‑11‑06
Starfighter
CF-104
12781
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑30
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK737
Major
KIFA
1976‑02‑12
Starfighter
CF-104
12714
Squadron Leader
PoW
1944‑04‑25
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK519
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑10
Spitfire
 
MK216
Flying Officer
KIFA
1945‑07‑24
Mustang
 
KH569
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑28
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK602
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑05
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MJ473
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑25
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
NH151
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑04‑25
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK394
Captain
KIFA
1990‑04‑22
Hornet (CF-188)
 
188772
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑12
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MH447

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