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416 Lynx Squadron
Squadron badge
Role Fighter
Aircraft flown CF-18 Hornet
Wing Disbanded at 4 Wing Cold Lake
Base Disbanded at CFB Cold Lake July 6, 2006
Motto Ad Saltum paratus (Ready for the leap)
Call Sign
Date founded November 18, 1941
Notable Battle Honours Defence of Britain 1942-44; English Channel and North Sea 1943; Fortress Europe 1942-44; Dieppe; France and Germany 1944-45; Normandy 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; Gulf and Kuwait.
Previous Designation

No. 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron (abbreviated 416 TFS) was a Canadian Forces fighter squadron that was originally formed during the Second World War as a unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). It was most recently stationed at CFB 4 Wing Cold Lake, where it operated the CF-18 Hornet. In 2006, 416 TFS stood down and was amalgamated with 441 TFS to form 409 TFS.



No. 416 Squadron RCAF was formed at RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1941 as a fighter squadron for service during the Second World War and was based at various RAF stations in Scotland, England and continental Europe. The squadron was disbanded in March 1946.

The squadron was reformed in 1952 at RCAF Uplands in Ottawa, Ontario for operations in France as part of Canada's Cold War presence in Europe. By 1957, the squadron was relocated to Canada at CFB Chatham in Chatham, New Brunswick as an air defence squadron flying Avro Canada CF-100 all weather fighters. In 1962, the CF-100s were replaced with CF-101 Voodoo interceptors, which continued to fly with 416 Squadron until the end of 1984. 416 Squadron thus became the world's last front-line unit flying Voodoos.

In 1985 the squadron relocated to CFB Cold Lake as a Tactical Fighter Squadron flying CF-18s, and later merged with No. 441 Squadron RCAF (Tactical Fighter Squadron) to reform No. 409 Squadron RCAF in 2006.


See No. 416 Squadron


No 416's motto was AD SALTUM PARATUS - "Ready to Leap". The squadron's nickname was City of Oshawa, Lynx.

Battle honours

  • Defence of Britain 1942-44
  • English Channel and North Sea 1943
  • Fortress Europe 1942-44
  • Dieppe
  • France and Germany 1944-45
  • Normandy 1944
  • Arnhem
  • Rhine
  • Gulf and Kuwait






  • Hitchens, F.H.; Hovey, H. Richard; Schmidt, Don; McNamaee, Harold (eds). 416 Squadron: Complete History 416 Squadron. Ottawa, Canada: Graphic Arts, 1974. (Limited edition of 300 books).
  • Johnson, Rick with Hitchens, F.H.; Hovey, H. Richard; Schmidt, Don; McNamaee, Harold. 416 Squadron History. Belleville, Ontario, Canada: The Hangar Bookshelf, 1984. ISBN 0-92049-200-2. (republished 1987, ISBN 0-92049-200-4)

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