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425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
Information
Role
Aircraft Operated CF-18 Hornet
Home Station CFB Bagotville
Motto "Je te plumerai" ("I shall pluck you")
History
Date Founded 1942
Badge A lark volant wings elevated and adorned proper
Notable Battle Honours English Channel and North Sea 1942-1943, Fortress Europe 1942-1944, France and Germany 1944-1945, Biscay Ports 1943-1944, Ruhr 1942-1945, Berlin 1944, German Ports 1942-1945, Normandy 1944, Rhine, Biscay 1942-1943, Sicily, Italy 1943, Salerno, Kosovo.

No. 425 Squadron RCAF (now 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron Canadian Armed Forces), also known as Alouette (French – Skylark) Squadron, is a unit flying the CF-18 Hornet aircraft from CFB Bagotville, Quebec, Canada. The squadron was originally formed during the Second World War as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

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History

The squadron was formed 22 June 1942 as the first French Canadian squadron at RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire, England as a bomber unit flying Vickers Wellingtons. On the night of the 5/6 October 1942 the squadron went into action for the first time, bombing Aachen with a small number of aircraft. In 1943 the squadron flew to Kairouan, Tunisia and from there conducted operations against Italy and Sicily, returning to the UK in November of the same year. In December they were re-equipped with Handley Page Halifax's and flew their first mission with these aircraft in February 1944. Their final operation took place on the 25 April 1945 when they bombed gun batteries on the tiny Frisian island of Wangerooge. Following the end of the war in Europe, in May 1945, 425 Squadron re-equipped again, this time with Avro Lancaster Mk X's. In June they flew back to Canada to prepare for their role in Tiger Force for the continuing war against Japan. The use of atomic bombs precluded the need for Tiger Force and 425 disbanded on 5 September 1945 at RCAF Station Debert less than three weeks after the Japanese Surrender.

The squadron was reformed at RCAF Station St Hubert in October 1954 flying CF-100 Canucks as an all weather fighter squadron. After re-equiping with the CF-101 Voodoo 425 became the RCAF Operational Training Unit for this aircraft type at RCAF Station Namao in late 1961 before transferring to its current base at Bagotville, Quebec and becoming a front-line squadron a few months later. From 1982 the Canadian Armed Forces started to acquire CF-18 Hornets and 425 received them in 1985,[1] aircraft which 425 still flies.[2]. In 2005, 433 Squadron was merged into 425 Squadron. In 2008 the squadron was awarded its first battle honour since the Second World War for its part in Operation Allied Force.

Equipment

Afiliation

425 (Aldridge) Squadron, Air Training Corps[3]

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