Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

433 Tactical Fighter Squadron

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In front of a hurt, a porcupine


This squadron was adopted by the Porcupine District of Northern Ontario during the Second World War. The hurt or blue disc symbolizes the "hurt" done to the enemy and the sky through which the unit operates. The motto refers to the squadron and its nickname.


QUI S'Y FROTTE S'Y PIQUE (Who opposes it gets hurt)


The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1944-1945;BALTIC, 1944-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1944; Ruhr, 1944-1945; Berlin, 1944; German Ports, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1944.


Authorized as 'No.433 (Bomber) Squadron' 7 June 1943.1
Disbanded 15 October 1945.2
Reformed as '433 All Weather Fighter Squadron' 15 November 1954.3
Disbanded 31 July 1961.4
Reformed as '433e Escadrille tactique de combat' 15 August 1968.5
Redesignated '433 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 24 May 1978.6


The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing and mine-laying operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'.7


433 Tactical Fighter Squadron

1. Secret Message, 15 May 1943, file/dossier S.2-3-433, Kardex 181.006 (D290); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B". The formation of this squadron was subsequently delayed until 25 September 1943/La formation de cet escadron a été ultérieurement retardée jusqu'au 25 septembre 1943. Secret Organization Circular 92, 19 June 43, Kardex 181.006 (D193); Secret Organization Circular No 127, 6 August 1943, Kardex 181.006 (D80). However, the initial authorization was still granted for 7 June 1943/Cependant, l'autorisation initiale était toujours pours le 7 juin 1943.

2. Information Memorandum 170, 11 October 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-433, Kardex 181.006 (D290)

3. Organization Order 50/54, 27 September 1954, file/dossier 895-9/433 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 153

4. Organization Order 2.6.2, 14 February 1961, file/dossier 895-100-9/433 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 153

5. CFOO/OOFC 3.157, 22 November/novembre 1968, file/dossier F 1901-1780 (DO)

6. CFOO/OOFC 2.5.5, 24 May/mai 1978, file/dossier 1901-1780 (DMCO)

7. No.6 (RCAF) Group, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; Secret Organization Circular No 127, 6 August 1943, Kardex 181.006 (D80)

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