422 Squadron Gallery

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from the James Craik Photo Collection

 


DND Photo, 1957
 


Gene Micklossy, 1962
 


DND Photo, 1957
 


Gene Micklossy, winter 1962/63

 

 

 

Aircraft By The Numbers

 

 

19601 flown by 422 and destined for the RAF as XB727
 

19637 (XB763) was being flown by 422 Squadron when it crashed,
without pilot or canopy, in a field near Aniche, France
during Operation Magnaflux.

More  XB763  Photos
 

 

422 Mark V Sabres
 

018
 

023
 

037
 

038
 

038
 

043
 

052
 

 
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New RCAF Marking Scheme

 
508!  

508

 
23508 was flown by both 422 and 444 Squadrons and Struck Off RCAF Strength on 17.4.63, two days after 422 was deactivated as a Sabre Squadron. This photo seems to be circa 1961 when the Cobra tail insignia began to appear on 444 aircraft. The unit code 'TF' should have been replaced by the abbreviation RCAF by this time and is likely a digital enhancement.

Squadron Unit code
422 TF
444 VH

 
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On 10 January 1958, an aide to the Chief of the Air Staff was asked about the feasibility of putting the RCAF abbreviation on smaller aircraft. The idea was to replace the two-letter unit code with the abbreviation RCAF.

The two letter unit code "TF" was displayed on 422 aircraft until this time.

Approval of the new marking scheme by the Air Council took place on 30 July 1958 and replacement of the two letter code on all squadron aircraft was completed by mid 1960.

 
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422 Mark VI Sabres

 


377
 


383
 


387
 


392
 


406
 


411
 


419
 


422
 


422
 


423   460   463   595
 


428
 


429
 


429
 


431
 


431   392   419   469
 


440
 


442
 


442
 


442
 


451
 


457
 


457
 


462
 


464
 


466
 


469
 


473
 


473
 


497
 


497
 


499
 


507
 


520
 


520
 


546
 


550
 


550
 


587
 


605
 


667
 


668
 


680
 


680
 


711
 


718
 


721
 


721
 


721
 


727

 


724
720
727
741

 

Scenes
 


422 Dispersal 1961
Bob Nesbitt

 


Decimomannu, Sardinia, Italy   1962
 


Decimomannu, Sardinia, Italy,
 


Bertrix, Belgium
 


Disbandment, April 1963
 


Farewell, April 1963
 


Scottish Aviation Siesta, Prestwick, Scotland,
Pat Barrett, 1963


 

 

 
Symbolism

On the 4(F) Wing Crest there are three erect golden lances flying banners to represent the three founding Fighter squadrons. The dark-coloured circle is symbolic of the Black Forest, with the Rhine River flowing across it.

 

 

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"If a stranger kept the point of his spear forward when he entered a strange land, it was a declaration of war; if he carried the spear on his shoulder with the point behind him, it was a token of friendship. Bestowed only on the valiant and well deserving soldier. The golden lance is the emblem of knightly service and signifies devotion to honour."

Source: Armorial Gold Heraldry Symbolism Library

 


 


Photo Credit   Hans-Jürgen König
http://www.rcaf.de

“AUF WACHT” (On Watch).

 

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