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439 Combat Support Squadron

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439 Combat Support Squadron
No. 439 Squadron RCAF badge.jpg
Active
  • 1942–1945
  • 1951–1963
  • 1964–present
Country Canada
BranchCanada Royal Canadian Air Force
RoleCombat support
Part of3 Wing Bagotville
Garrison/HQBagotville, Quebec
Nickname(s)Sabre-Toothed Tiger
Motto(s)Fangs of death
Battle honours
  • Fortress Europe, 1944
  • France and Germany, 1944–1945
  • Normandy, 1944
  • Arnhem
  • Rhine
  • Gulf and Kuwait[1]
Websitewww.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/3-wing/439-squadron.page
Aircraft flown
FighterHawker Hurricane, Hawker Typhoon, F-86 Sabre, CF-104 Starfighter, CF-18 Hornet
TransportCH-146 Griffon

439 Combat Support Squadron (French: 439e Escadron de soutien au combat) is a squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, based in Bagotville, Quebec.

It was formed as No. 123 (Army Co-operation) Squadron in early 1942 for army training operations in eastern Canada during the Second World War, being renumbered No. 439 Squadron RCAF in late 1943 when it transferred to England. The squadron briefly flew the Hawker Hurricane before receiving the Hawker Typhoon, flying ground attack missions with the Second Tactical Air Force in support of Allied advances in northwestern Europe from mid-1944 to the end of the war in May 1945.

Disbanded shortly after the end of the Second World War, the squadron was reformed in 1951, operating the Canadair Sabre from England and France until 1963, when it was disbanded. It was quickly reformed as 439 Reconnaissance/Attack Squadron, operating the CF-104 Starfighter. Moved to Germany in 1967, it underwent several redesignations before assuming a ground attack mission at CFB Baden–Soellingen as 439 Tactical Fighter Squadron. After converting to the CF-18 Hornet in the mid-1980s, the squadron participated in the Gulf War. It assumed its current title in 1993, operating the Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter.

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World War II

A Typhoon IB of the squadron landing at Advanced Landing Ground Goch, 1945
A Typhoon IB of the squadron landing at Advanced Landing Ground Goch, 1945

No. 123 (Army Co-operation) Squadron was formed on 15 January 1942 and flew army training operations in Ontario and Nova Scotia with the Westland Lysander. It was renumbered No. 439 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron on December 31, 1943, when it transferred to Wellingore, England and spent the war in England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.[1] It flew the Hawker Hurricane, and later the Hawker Typhoon.

They disbanded at Flensburg, Germany, on August 26, 1945.[2]

Postwar

A CF-104D Starfighter Mark 2 at Baden–Soellingen, 1972
A CF-104D Starfighter Mark 2 at Baden–Soellingen, 1972
A CF-18A of the squadron taxiing out of its shelter during the departure from Baden–Soellingen, 1993
A CF-18A of the squadron taxiing out of its shelter during the departure from Baden–Soellingen, 1993

They reformed at Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station Uplands (CFB Uplands) on September 1, 1951, and went to 1 Wing North Luffenham on May 4, 1952, they then moved to 1 Wing Marville, France, on April 1, 1955. The squadron was equipped with the F-86 Sabre. They were deactivated between November 30, 1963, and February 28, 1964, and reactivated on March 1, 1964, as 439 Strike/Attack Squadron, equipped with CF-104 Starfighters. They moved with 3 Wing to Lahr, Germany on April 1, 1967, then to CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany in 1971 as 439 Tactical Fighter Squadron. The squadron disbanded in November 1984 and reformed in November 1985 with the CF-18. They were disbanded at Baden-Soellingen on 15 May 1993 and reactivated shortly after at 3 Wing Bagotville as 439 Combat Support Squadron. The squadron is now equipped with the CH-146 Griffon.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b DND Directorate of History and Heritage
  2. ^ a b "439 Combat Support Squadron". Royal Canadian Air Force. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.

External links

Media related to 439 Squadron RCAF at Wikimedia Commons


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