418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron

The official lineage of the 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron.


Squadron standard

Squadron standard



Argent an Inuit on an ice-floe holding a harpoon proper.


The Inuit holding a harpoon symbolizes the function of the unit which stood on guard on Canada's northern frontiers. The ice, with its reflections, symbolizes the northland.


PIYAUTAILILI (Defend even unto death)

Battle honours

The Second World War

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


  • Authorized as '418 (Intruder) Squadron' 15 November 1941.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 7 September 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '418 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 April 1946.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '418 (Light Bomber) Squadron' 1 January 1947.Footnote 4
  • Redesignated '418 (Tactical Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1947.Footnote 5
  • Redesignated '418 (Light Bomber) Squadron' 1 April 1949.Footnote 6
  • Redesignated '418 "City of Edmonton" (Light Bomber) Squadron' 3 September 1952.Footnote 7
  • Redesignated '418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron' 31 March 1958.Footnote 8
  • Redesignated '418 Squadron (Auxiliary)' 22 February 1964.Footnote 9
  • Redesignated '418 Air Reserve Squadron' 1 January 1969.Footnote 10
  • Redesignated '418 Transport and Rescue Squadron' 1 April 1993.Footnote 12
  • Disbanded 22 June 1994.Footnote 13

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on night fighter and intruder operations in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained in Germany after the war with 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.Footnote 14

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