Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent in front of a maple leaf Vert a lion rampant Or langued and armed Gules.

Significance

The combination of a lion representing England and a maple leaf for Canada indicates the formation of the squadron in England.

MOTTO

FERTE MANUS CERTAS (Strike with a sure hand)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1943-1945; BALTIC, 1944-1945; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1943-1944; Ruhr, 1943-1945; Berlin, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1943-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine; BISCAY, 1944.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '427 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 October 1942.1
Disbanded 31 May 1946.2
Reformed as '427 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 August 1952.3
Disbanded 15 December 1962.4
Redesignated '427 Strike/Attack Squadron' 17 December 1962.5
Disbanded 1 July 1970.6
Reformed as '427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 1 January 1971.7

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'.9

SQUADRON STANDARD

427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 2698/D of O, 10 October 1942, Kardex 181.009 (D612)

2. Information Memorandum No 184, 28 May 1946, file/dossier S.2-3-427 (DAS/Org), Kardex 181.009 (D750)

3. Organization Order 42/52, 3 May 1952, file/dossier 895-9/427, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

4. Organization Order 4.4.2, 31 August 1962, file/dossier 895-9/427, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

5. Organization Order 4.4.2, 31 August 1962, file/dossier 895-9/427, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

6. CFOO/OOFC 4.4.2, 1 July/juillet , 1969, file/dossier F 1901-2464 (DO)

7. CFOO/OOFC 2.83, 29 March/mars , 1971, file/dossier F 1901-2569 (DO)

8. CFOO/OOFC 2.83, 20 October/octobre , 1977, file/dossier 1901-2569 (DMCO)

9. Order of Detail No 35, 7 November 1942, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D306); Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; AFHS, “No.427 (Lion) Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 427

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