404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron

The official lineage of the 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron.

Badge

Squadron standard

Squadron standard

Badge

Description

Argent a buffalo's head couped proper

Significance

The buffalo is a fierce and powerful fighter.

Motto

READY TO FIGHT

Battle honours

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1945; BALTIC, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1943-1944.

Lineage

  • Authorized as '404 (Coastal Fighter) Squadron' 15 April 1941.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 25 May 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '404 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron' 30 April 1951.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '404 Maritime Patrol Squadron' 17 July 1956.Footnote 4
  • Redesignated '404 Maritime Training Squadron' 1 September 1975.Footnote 5
  • Redesignated '404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron' 1 June 1982.Footnote 7

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew against enemy shipping along the Norwegian and Dutch coasts and provided long-range fighter escort for 'Coastal Command's' anti-submarine aircraft over the Bay of Biscay.Footnote 8

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