RCAF Patch Sqn Royal Canadian Air Force 440 Squadron Escadrille
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RCAF Patch Sqn Royal Canadian Air Force 440 Squadron Escadrille

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RCAF Patch 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron Escadrille Royal Canadian Air Force Crest Patch Queens Crown 1970s CC 115 Buffalo CC 138 Twin Otter CFB Namao Embroidered on twill cut edge 108mm by 75mm four and one quarter inches by two and nine sixteenth inches.

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Squadron History

440 All Weather Fighter Squadron AWF Vampire was reactivated at RCAF Station Bagotville Quebec on 1 October 1953 equipped with CF 100 Canuck all weather fighter interceptors. As part of Canadas commitment to NATO 440 AWF Squadron flew from RCAF Station Bagotville to
Zweibrucken West Germany on 11 12 May 1957 to join 3 Fighter Wing 1 Air Division. 440 AWF Squadron was the third CF 100 unit to fly the Atlantic as part of Operation Nimble Bat III. The squadron disbanded on 31 December 1962.

The Squadron was reactivated as 440 Communications and Rescue Squadron on the renaming of 111 Composite Unit on 8 July 1968 at CFB Winnipeg equipped with Dakotas and H 21 helicopters for transport utility and search and rescue duties. The Squadron was redesignated 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron on 1 October 1968. 

The Squadron relocated to Canadian Force Base Namao Edmonton in 1971 and reequipped with CC 115 Buffalo STOL Short Take Off and Landing transport aircraft and CC 138 Twin Otter light transport STOL bush airplane shared with 418 City of Edmonton Reserve Squadron. 440 TRS established a detachment of two CC 138 Twin Otters at CFB Yellowknife. Due to the closure of CFB Namao in 1994 the Squadron moved with its remaining CC 138 Twin Otters to CFB Yellowknife and was redesignated 440 Transport Squadron on 1 May 1995 and conducts operations in the Yukon Northwest Territories and Nunavut.



This patch dates from the early 1970s.

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