407 Long Range Patrol Squadron

The official lineage of the 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron.

Badge

Squadron standard

Squadron standard

Badge

Description

Argent a winged trident Gules winged Or piercing in base the shank of an anchor Sable.

Significance

The badge represents the blows struck against enemy shipping by the "Demon Squadron".

Motto

TO HOLD ON HIGH

Battle honours

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1943-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942; German Ports, 1942; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1942-1945.

Lineage

  • Authorized as 'No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron' 8 May 1941.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 4 June 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '407 (Maritime Reconnaissance) Squadron' 1 July 1952.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '407 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron' 17 July 1956.Footnote 4

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew against enemy shipping between Heligoland and the Bay of Biscay, after which it carried out anti-submarine operations under 'Coastal Command'.Footnote 6

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