Battle Honours of the RCAF

Ref: A-AD-267-000/AF-004 – The Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

Canadian airmen fought as part of the British flying services in the First World War. There were no official air force battle honours allocated until after the Second World War, when the RAF drew up a list of battles to be honoured up to that date. The RCAF subscribed to the British battle list, but modified one honour's designation and added three others to account for anti-submarine and ground attack operations flown from Canada and Alaska by the Home War Establishment.

Air Force battle honours include both major and subsidiary battle honours. Major battle honours are essentially theatre honours awarded for operations which extended over a protracted period. These are shown in orders by upper case type (e.g., FORTRESS EUROPE). Subsidiary honours apply to specific geographical locations for which accurate and restricted dates can be applied, and are printed in lower case type (e.g., Dieppe). All battle honours are considered equal and are listed in the order detailed in the Official List. A battle honour in bold type indicates one authorized to be emblazoned on a squadron's Standard, also known as its Colour, (to a maximum of eight honours for the Second World War).

All new squadron Standards are now issued with bilingual battle honour scrolls.

Squadron

Battle

Battle Honour

1 Composite Squadron

None

 

No. 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron

None

 

No. 3 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 4 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1941-1945

No. 5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1939-1945

No. 6 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1941-1945

No. 7 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1941-1945

No. 8 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1939-1941; PACIFIC COAST, 1942-1945

No. 9 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1941-1944

No. 10 (Bomber Reconnissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1940-1945

10 Experimental Squadron

None

 

No. 11 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1939-1945; PACIFIC COAST, 1945

32 Utility Squadron

None

 

33 Utility Squadron

None

 

103 Search And Rescue Squadron

None

 

No. 113 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1942-1944

No. 114 (Bomber) Squadron

None

 

No. 115 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1942-1944

No. 116 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1941-1945

No. 117 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1941-1943.

No. 119 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH WEST ATLANTIC, 1941-1944

No. 120 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1941-1944

No. 122 (Composite) Squadron

None

 

No. 121 (Composite) Squadron

None

 

No. 124 (Ferry) Squadron

None

 

No. 126 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 128 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 129 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 130 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 132 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 133 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 135 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 145 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1942-1945

No. 147 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1942-1944

No. 149 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

PACIFIC COAST, 1943-1944

No. 160 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1943-1945

No. 161 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1943-1945

No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1942-1943; ATLANTIC, 1944-1945

No. 163 (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

No. 165 (Transport) Squadron

None

 

No. 166 (Communication) Squadron

None

 

No. 167 (Communications) Squadron

None

 

No. 168 (Heavy Transport) Squadron

None

 

No. 170 (Ferry) Squadron

None

 

400 Air Maintenance Squadron
(Image of Colour)

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943

401 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

The Second World War

BATTLE OF BRITAIN, 1940; DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1940-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

402 Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine

404 Long Range Patrol And Training Squadron

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1945; BALTIC, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1943-1944

405 Long Range Patrol Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1941-1945; Ruhr, 1941-1945; Berlin, 1941, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1941-1945; Normandy, 1944; Walcheren; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943

406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1944; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1944

407 Long Range Patrol Squadron

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1943-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942; German Ports, 1942; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1942-1945

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1941-1943; BALTIC, 1941-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1941-1944; Ruhr, 1941-1945; Berlin, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1941-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943

409 Combat Support Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine

410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1943

411 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

412 Transport Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

413 Transport And Rescue Squadron

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1941-1943; CEYLON, 1942; EASTERN WATERS, 1942-1944

414 Combat Support Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; BISCAY, 1943

415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron
(Image of Colour)

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1942; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1944; Ruhr, 1944-1945; German Ports, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943

416 Tactical Fighter Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

Gulf War

Honorary distinction (emblazoned on the squadron Standard)

417 Combat Support Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942; EGYPT AND LIBYA, 1942-1943; NORTH AFRICA, 1943; SICILY, 1943; ITALY, 1943-1945; Salerno; Anzio and Nettuno; Gustav Line; Gothic Line

418 Transport And Rescue Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1944; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine

419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

The Second World War

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

420 Combat Support Squadron

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

421 Tactical Fighter Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1942-1943; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1942-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

422 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1942-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1944-1945; ARCTIC, 1942

423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

ATLANTIC, 1942-1945; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; BISCAY, 1944

The Gulf War

GULF AND KUWAIT, 1991

424 Transport And Rescue Squadron

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

425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
(Image of Colour)

The Second World War

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, 1943; ITALY, 1943; Salerno

Operation Echo/Allied Force

KOSOVO

426 Transport Training Squadron

The Second World War

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

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron

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, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1943-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1944

428 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron

The Second World War

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

429 Transport Squadron

The Second World War

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

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

431 Air Demonstration Squadron

The Second World War

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

432 All Weather Fighter Squadron

The Second World War

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

433 Tactical Fighter Squadron

The Second World War

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

434 Combat Support Squadron

The Second World War

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

435 Transport And Rescue Squadron

The Second World War

BURMA, 1944-1945

436 Transport Squadron

The Second World War

BURMA, 1945

437 Transport Squadron
(Image of Colour)

The Second World War

FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Arnhem; Rhine

The Gulf War

Honorary distinction (emblazoned on the squadron Standard)

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

439 Combat Support Squadron
(Image of Colour)

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

The Gulf War

GULF AND KUWAIT, 1991

440 Transport Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; ALEUTIANS, 1942-1943

441 Tactical Fighter Squadron

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Walcheren.

Operation Echo/Allied Force

KOSOVO

442 Transport And Rescue Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine; ALEUTIANS, 1943

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine

444 Combat Support Squadron

None

 

445 All Weather (Fighter) Squadron

None

 

446 Surface/Air Missile Squadron

None

 

447 Transport Helicopter Squadron

None

 

448 Test Squadron

None

 

449 Maritime Training Squadron

None

 

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

None

 

664 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

The Second World War

FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1945

665 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

Second World War

FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1945

666 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

None

 

870 Fighter Squadron

None

 

880 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron
(Image of Colour)

Second World War

DIEGO SUAREZ, 1942; MALTA CONVOYS, 1942; NORTH AFRICA, 1942; SICILY, 1943; Salerno, 1943; NORWAY, 1944; JAPAN, 1945

920 Composite Squadron (Royal Canadian Navy)

None

 

921 Composite Squadron (Royal Canadian Navy)

None

 

922 Composite Squadron (Royal Canadian Navy)

None

 

923 Composite Squadron (Royal Canadian Navy)

None

 

924 Composite Squadron (Royal Canadian Navy)

None

 

 

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