- No. 417 Squadron RCAF
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 417 "City of Windsor" Squadron
start_date= June, 1941
command_structure= 4 Wing
CFB Cold Lake
motto= SUPPORTING LIBERTY AND JUSTICE
battle_honours= Defence of Britain 1942, Egypt and Libya 1942-43, North Africa 1943, Sicily 1943, Italy 1943-45, Salerno, Ansio and Nettuno, Gustaff Line, Gothic Line
identification_symbol= Argent in front of a palm tree Or eradicated a sword Argent and fasces Gules in saltire
No. 417 (City of Windsor) Squadron is an Air Force unit with the
Canadian Forces. Based at CFB Cold Lakeit provides helicopter support to the base operations. Since 1994, it has also provided Search and Rescue.
417 Squadron was a
Royal Canadian Air Force squadronformed in Englandon 27 November, 1941. It was equipped with the Hurricane and later the Spitfire. It was initially deployed in Egypt and followed the allied advance through the western desert. With the defeat of axis forces in North Africa, the squadron followed the advance through Italy. It disbanded in Italy on July 1, 1945.
The squadron reactivated in
Canadaon June 1, 1947at Rivers, Manitoba. It was equipped with the Mustang for army close support training until August 1, 1948.
Reformed as a part of the
Canadian Forcesin 1970it operated as an operational training squadron on the CF-104 Starfighterat CFB Cold Lake. The squadron disbanded in 1983with the retirement of the CF-104 fleet.
April 1, 1993417 Combat Support squadron was formed from CFB Cold Lake Base Flight plus aircraft servicing and maintenance elements of the Wing Maintenance organization. The squadron continued Base Flight's operations with ten CT-133 Silver Stars and three CH-118 Iroquois. When Base Rescue Moose Jaw was disbanded in 1993, 417 Squadron gained two of their CH-118s, to operate a total of five.
In July 1995 417 Squadron received three
CH-146 Griffonhelicopters and the five CH-118s were retired. The CT-133 was retired in 2001. [cite web |url = http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/equip/historical/silverstarlst_e.asp |title = CT-133 Silver Star |date = June 28, 2007 |author = Air Force Public Affairs/Department of National Defence |accessdate = 2007-10-12 ]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.ca/hist/417sqn_e.asp Canada's Air Force: 417 "City of Windsor" Combat Support Squadron]
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