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No. 440 Squadron RCAF
Active 1944-1945
Country Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Motto Ka Ganawaitak Saguenay

No. 440 Squadron RCAF was a Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force squadron that operated as part of the Royal Air Force in Europe with the Hawker Typhoon. [1]

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History

The squadron was formed on 8 February 1944 at RAF Ayr in Scotland from No. 111 Squadron RCAF as an Article XV squadron under the control of the British Royal Air Force.[2] It was the third Canadian Typhoon equipped squadron of 143 Wing. The squadron was equipped with the Hawker Hurricane and Hawker Typhoon and after a period of training the squadron began operations in 30 March 1941 with the Typhoons from RAF Hurn in the fighter bomber role. Originally the Typhoons were fitted with 500lb (227kg) bombs but later were able to carry a 1000lb (454kg) bombs under each wing.[2] The squadron supported and followed the allied armies through France, Netherlands and then into Germany. It was disbanded at Flensburg on the 26 August 1945.[2][1]

Aircraft operated

Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
1944[1] Hawker Hurricane IV Single-engined fighter
1944-1945[1] Hawker Typhoon IB Single-engined fighter-bomber

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Jefford 1988, page 92
  2. ^ a b c Orbis 1985, p 4173
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