Squadron History Index
No. 444 Squadron
A Cobra ready to strike. Authority Queen Elizabeth 11, November 1954 This unit adopted the cobra in a position to strike as being indicative of the role of a fighter squadron.
Formed at St. Hubert on 1 March 1953, No. 444 Squadron bore the first new number (i.e. which had no war-time predecessor) in the post-war R.C.A.F. Six months later the squadron flew its Sabres overseas on "Leapfrog 4". The squadron joined No. 4 (Fighter) Wing at Baden-Soellingen, Germany in September. Selected as one of eight squadrons of the Air Division to be re-equipped with CF-104 Starfighter aircraft for a nuclear strike role, it was deactivated on 1 March 1963 and reactivated as Strike Attack on 27 May. When the Air Division was reduced to six squadrons, the squadron was once more deactivated on 1 April 1967. No. 444 Squadron was reformed as the air element of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade group stationed in Lahr, West Germany. The unit was equipped with CH-112 Nomad and CH-136 Kiowa helicopters.
In 1993, the squadron formed again at 5 Wing Goose Bay as 444 Combat Support Squadron equipped with the CH-146 Griffon.