420 Combat Support Squadron

The official lineage of the 420 Combat Support Squadron.

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Squadron standard

Squadron standard

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Description

Argent a snowy owl wings elevated and adorsed proper.

Significance

The snowy owl is indigenous to Canada and hunts by night.

Motto

PUGNAMUS FINITUM (We fight to the finish)

Battle honours

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942-1944; BALTIC, 1942; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1942-1944; Ruhr, 1942-1945; Berlin, 1944; German Ports, 1942-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943; SICILY, 1943; ITALY, 1943; Salerno.

Lineage

  • Authorized as '420 (Bomber) Squadron' 7 December 1941.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 5 September 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '420 (Fighter) Squadron' 15 September 1948.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '420 "City of London" (Fighter) Squadron' 4 September 1952.Footnote 4
  • Disbanded 1 September 1956.Footnote 5
  • Reformed as '420 Air Reserve Squadron' 20 May 1975.Footnote 6
  • Redesignated '420 Composite Squadron' 17 June 1992.Footnote 7
  • Redesignated '420 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.Footnote 8
  • Reduced to nil strength 15 May 1995.Footnote 9

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command' and in Tunisia under 'Mediterranean Air Command'.Footnote 10

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