409 Tactical Fighter Squadron

The official lineage of the 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron.


Squadron standard




Argent in front of a cloak Azure a crossbow Or.


The crossbow in front of a dark cloak indicates the unit's original role as a night fighter squadron.


MEDIA NOX MERIDIES NOSTER (Midnight is our noon)

Battle honours

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine.


  • Authorized as '409 (Night Fighter) Squadron' 16 June 1941.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 1 July 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '409 All-Weather Fighter Squadron' 1 November 1954.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '409 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 July 1984.Footnote 5
  • Disbanded 30 July 1991.Footnote 6
  • Reformed as '409 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.Footnote 7
  • Disbanded 1 July 1994.Footnote 8

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on night air defence operations in Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.Footnote 9

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