- No. 409 Squadron RCAF
The 409 Nighthawk Squadron is an
air forceunit of the Canadian Forces. Operating the CF-18 Hornetat CFB Cold Lake.
Englandon June 17, 1941as a dedicated night fightersquadron. Equipped with the Boulton Paul Defiantand later the de Havilland Mosquitoit was disbanded on July 1, 1945.
Re-established at RCAF Station Comox on
November 1, 1954providing air defence for Canada's west coast as part of NORAD. Initially equipped with the Canadian designed Avro CF-100they converted to the CF-101 Voodoo. The squadron transferred to CFB Cold Lakein 1984to convert to the CF-18 and then deployed to CFB Baden-Soellingenas part of Canada's NATO commitment. 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 has been re-formed from the consolidation of 416 and 441 Tactical Fighter Squadrons on July 6th 2006 at CFB Cold Lake.
The cross-bow in front of the dark cloak represents a weapon used under cover of darkness to denote the squadron's original role as a night fighter squadron. The badge was officially approved in March 1944.
MEDIA NOX MERIDES NOSTER(Midnight is our noon)
* Defence of Britain 1941-44
* Fortress Europe 1942-44
* Normandy 1944
* France and Germany 1944-45
* Rhine 1945
Boulton Paul Defiant
de Havilland Mosquito
* Canadair (Lockheed)
CT-33 Silver Star
* McDonnell Douglas
* McDonnell Douglas
* Nighthawk! A History of 409 (Night Fighter) Squadron 1941 - 1977
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/4wing/news/releases_e.asp?cat=92&id=1228 Air Force merges two fighter squadrons into one at 4 Wing Cold Lake]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/hist/409sqn_e.asp DND - History of 409 Squadron]
* [http://www.rcaf.com/squadrons/400series/409squadron.php 409 Squadron - rcaf.com]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/4wing/squadron/409_e.asp 4 Wing - 409 Squadron]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/4wing/squadron/409hist441_e.asp DND - History of 441 Squadron]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/4wing/squadron/409hist416_e.asp DND - History of 416 Squadron]
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