424 Transport and Rescue Squadron

The official lineage of the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron.


Squadron standard

Squadron standard



Argent a heraldic tiger's head erased Or langued Azure.


The squadron was adopted by Hamilton and adopted the tiger's head in reference to the Hamilton football team.


CASTIGANDOS CASTIGAMUS (We chastise those who deserve to be chastised)

Battle honours

The Second World War

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


  • Authorized as '424 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 October 1942.Footnote 1 Disbanded 15 October 1945.Footnote 2 Reformed as '424 Light Bomber Squadron (Auxiliary)' 15 April 1946.Footnote 3 Redesignated '424 Fighter Squadron (Auxiliary)' 1 April 1947.Footnote 4 Redesignated '424 "City of Hamilton" (Fighter) Squadron' 19 September 1952.Footnote 5 Redesignated '424 "City of Hamilton" (Transport) (Auxiliary) Squadron' 22 September 1957.Footnote 6 Redesignated 424 Squadron' 31 March 1958.Footnote 7 Disbanded 31 March 1964.Footnote 8 Reformed as '424 Communication and Rescue Squadron' 8 July 1968,Footnote 9 from '102 Composite Unit' (authorized 1 January 1959).Footnote 10 Redesignated '424 Transport and Rescue Squadron' 18 September 1968.Footnote 11

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command' and in Tunisia under 'Mediterranean Command'.Footnote 13

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