Squadron History Index
No. 400 Squadron
Eagle, City of Toronto
Its Badge, in front of two tomahawks in saltire an eagle's head erased. The eagle's head indicates the squadron's role as a reconnaissance unit on army co-operation work, the tomahawks indicates the type of planes with which it was once equipped.
The War Years
The City of Toronto Squadron, originally No. 10 Army Cooperation Squadron, was formed in October 1932, and was the RCAF's first auxiliary squadron. It acquired its Toronto affiliation in 1935 and a new numerical designation, "110", about two years later. Reformed as No. 110 "City of Toronto" (AC) Sqn (Aux), Toronto, on October 5, 1932. No. 110 Squadron, RCAF arrived in the UK in February 1940 as an Army Cooperation squadron. It was renumbered as 400 Squadron at Odiham Hants., England March 1, 1941, operating Curtiss Tomahawks and later North American Mustang Mk I aircraft. During the Mustang period some engagements with Luftwaffe aircraft took place when tactical reconnaissance sorties were being flown over Western Europe during late 1942 and 1943. Nine victories were claimed by December 1943. The squadron was re-equipped with the unarmed photo reconnaissance Spitfire Mk XI and Mosquito Mk XVI. The squadron carried the code SP on its aircraft during this time. It was disbanded on 7 August 1945 at a captured airfield in Germany.
The Cold War
No. 400 was the first (F) Squadron (Reserve) to reorganize in peacetime (April, 1946) and flew Vampires and Sabres in the Air Defence role.
The Squadron was reformed as a light transport squadron using the Expeditor and later added the Search and rescue role with the deHavilland Otter aircraft. With the retirement of the Otter the squadron converted to a rotary wing squadron within 10 Tactical Air Group operating the CH-136 Kiowa in the LOH role.
The squadron moved to CFB Borden in 1996 and is now equipped with the CH-146 Griffon.