402 Squadron

The official lineage of the 402 Squadron.

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Description

Argent a standing grizzly bear totem of the North Pacific Coast Natives proper.

Significance

The grizzly bear holds a prominent place in Native mythology and is believed to have supernatural power.

Motto

WE STAND ON GUARD

Battle honours

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.

Lineage

  • Authorized as 'No.12 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 5 October 1932.Footnote 1
  • Redesignated 'No.112 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 15 November 1937.Footnote 2
  • Redesignated ‘No.112 (City of Winnipeg) (Army Co-Operation) Squadron’ 1 January 1940.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated ‘No.2 Canadian Squadron' 11 December 1940.Footnote 4
  • Redesignated 'No.402 Squadron' 1 March 1941.Footnote 5
  • Disbanded 1 July 1945.Footnote 6
  • Reformed as '402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 April 1946.Footnote 7
  • Redesignated '402 Fighter Squadron (Auxiliary)' 1 March 1947.Footnote 8
  • Redesignated '402 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1949.Footnote 9
  • Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 18 September 1950.Footnote 10
  • Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Fighter) Squadron' 16 November 1953.Footnote 11
  • Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" (Transport) Squadron' 29 January 1957.Footnote 12
  • Redesignated '402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron' 31 March 1958.Footnote 13
  • Redesignated ‘402 Squadron (Auxiliary)’ 22 February 1964.Footnote 14
  • Redesignated '402 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.Footnote 15
  • Redesignated ‘402 Squadron’ 1 April 1993.Footnote 17
Note

No lineal connection with '2 Squadron' of 1918-20, 1925-27, and 1935-39. See 2 Army Co-Operation Squadron.

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on fighter operations in Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.Footnote 18

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