400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The official lineage of the 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.

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Squadron standard

Squadron standard

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Description

Argent in front of two tomahawks in saltire an eagle's head erased Gules langued Azure.

Significance

The eagle's head indicates the squadron's former role as a reconnaissance unit on army cooperation work; the tomahawks indicate the type of aircraft with which it was once equipped.

Motto

PERCUSSURI VIGILES (On the watch to strike)

Battle honours

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943.

Lineage

  • Authorized as 'No.10 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 5 October 1932.Footnote 1
  • Redesignated 'No.10 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 April 1935.Footnote 2
  • Redesignated 'No.110 (City of Toronto) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 November 1937.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated 'No.400 Squadron' 1 March 1941.Footnote 4
  • Redesignated '400 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 28 June 1943.Footnote 5
  • Disbanded 7 August 1945.Footnote 6
  • Reformed as '400 (Fighter-Bomber) Squadron (Auxiliary)' 15 April 1946.Footnote 7
  • Redesignated '400 (Fighter) Squadron (Auxiliary)' 1 February 1947.Footnote 8
  • Redesignated '400 "City of Toronto" (Fighter) Squadron' 6 November 1952.Footnote 9
  • Redesignated '400 Squadron' 1 October 1958.Footnote 10
  • Redesignated '400 Squadron (Auxiliary)' 22 February 1964.Footnote 11
  • Redesignated '400 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.Footnote 12
  • Redesignated '400 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron' 22 October 1991.Footnote 14
  • Redesignated '400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 1 January 1998.Footnote 15

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on army co-operation and fighter reconnaissance operations in Britain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands under 'Army Co-Operation Command', 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.Footnote 16

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