No. 441 Squadron RCAF


No. 441 Squadron RCAF

441 Tactical Fighter Squadron (abbreviated 441 TFS) was a fighter squadron of the Canadian Forces' and the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was most recently located at 4 Wing Cold Lake, operating the CF-18 Hornet.

History

Absorbing 125 Squadron, 441 Squadron was formed on April 20, 1942 in Digby, England. They had been based in England, France, and Belgium throughout World War II. When they returned to England they were disbanded on August 7, 1945. 441 Squadron reformed at RCAF Station St. Hubert on March 1, 1951 and went to 1 wing RAF North Luffenham on February 13, 1952. They then went to 3 wing Zweibrucken on December 21, 1954. They were deactivated on September 1, 1963 in Marville, and then reactivated as 441 Strike/Attack squadron on September 15, 1963, then moved with 1 wing to Lahr in April 1967. 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 on June 26, 1986 where they were stationed in Hangar 3.

On July 6, 2006, 441 Squadron was once again stood down, and its crew amalgamating with 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron at CFB Cold Lake and re-formed as 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron. The squadron's colours and Battle Honours were placed in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where it first operated.

External links

* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/site/hist/441sqn_e.asp DND - History of 441 Squadron]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/site/hist/409sqn_e.asp DND - History of 409 Squadron]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/site/hist/416sqn_e.asp DND - History of 416 Squadron]
* [http://www.rcaf.com/squadrons/400series/441squadron.php rcaf.com - History of No. 441 Squadron]
* [http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/community/mapleleaf/article_e.asp?id=4050 Kosovo battle honours awarded to 425 and 441 Squadrons]


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