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438 City of Montreal Squadron

Squadron badge
Information
Role Tactical Helicopter
Aircraft flown Blackburn Shark, Armstrong Withworth Atlas, Westland Lysander, Grumman Goblin, P-40 Kittyhawk MkI, Hawker Hurricane MkIV, Hawker Typhoon MkIB, North American Harvard, de Havilland Vampire, Canadair T-33 Silver Star, Canadair Sabre, Beechcraft Expeditor, CSR-123 Otter, CH-136 Kiowa, CH-146 Griffon
Wing 1 Wing
Base CFB Montreal
Motto GOING DOWN
Call Sign Wildcats
History
Date founded 1 September 1934
Badge The head of a wildcat affronte. The 438 Squadron badge features a wildcat, representing the squadron's nickname. Its motto: "Going Down" is taken from the final instruction of the formation leader when Typhoon bombers of his unit were about to attack.
Notable Battle Honours Fortress Europe 1944, France and Germany 1944-1945, Normandy 1944, Arnhem, Rhine
Previous Designation No.18 Bomber (Non-Permanent) Squadron|No.118 Fighter Squadron


No. 438 "City of Montreal" Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and subsequently the Canadian Air Force. The squadron is based at CFB St. Hubertmarker, Quebecmarker. Equipped with the CH-146 Griffon tactical helicopter, its tasks include transport, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and support to local law enforcement.

Founded on September 1, 1934 as 18 Squadron, it was renumbered 118 Squadron on November 17, 1937.

The motto Going Down was adopted during the Second World War when operating on Hawker Typhoons over occupied Europe, this was the flight leader's instruction to begin their diving attacks with bombs and/or cannons.

Wildcat mascot nose art on CH-146 Griffon


Second World War

Still then numbered as 118 (Fighter) Squadron, the unit moved to Dartmouthmarker, Nova Scotiamarker in October 1939 as the only operational fighter squadron on the east coast of Canada. Embarking for Europe on November 2, 1943, the unit was renumbered 438. 438 Squadron was part of 2TAF's 143 Wing RCAF.

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Postwar

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Griffon number 438 operated by Tactical Helicopter Squadron of the same number.


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