Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

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Argent in front a sun in splendour Or a gyrfalcon's head erased Argent langued Gules.


The gyrfalcon, found in northern Canada, is noted for its exceptional and alert fighting ability. The sun in splendour is used to depict the squadron's original role of fighter reconnaissance, the bringing of light or information to the troops.


CELERITER CERTOQUE (Swiftly and surely)


The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.


Authorized as 'No.430 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 1 January 1943.1
Redesignated 'No.430 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 28 June 1943.2
Disbanded 7 August 1945.3
Reformed as '430 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 November 1951.4
Disbanded 1 June 1963.5
Reformed as '430 Strike/Attack Squadron' 30 September 1963.6
Disbanded 1 May 1970.7
Reformed as '430e Escadrille tactique d’hélicoptères' 1 January 1971.8
Designated in English as '430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 26 June 1978.9


The Second World War

The squadron flew on air intelligence operations, including photographic reconnaissance, in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Army Co-Operation Command', 'Fighter Command' and the '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained after the war for duty with the 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.10


430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 3511/D of O, 18 December 1942, Kardex 181.006 (D287)

2. Organization Circular No 75/AOA/1943, 25 June 1943, Document Collection file/collection de documents AIR 2-4245

3. Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier 1S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718)

4. Organization Order 108/51, 28 August 1951, file/dossier 895-9/430, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

5. Organization Order 4.3.3, 1 May 1963, file/dossier 1972, file/dossier F 1901-2587 (DO)

6. Organization Order 4.3.3, 1 May 1963, file/dossier 1972, file/dossier F 1901-2587 (DO)

7. CFOO/OOFC 70/9, 20 April/avril 1970, file/dossier 1901-2466 (DO)

8. CFOO/OOFC 3.162, 29 March/mars 1971, file/dossier F 1901-2570 (DO)

9. CFOO/OOFC 2.84, 26 June/juin 1978, file/dossier 1901-2570 (DMCO)

10. Order of Detail No 38, 1 January 1943, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D287); Fighter Command Organization Circular No 116/AOA/1943, 7 September 1943, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D181); Location of RCAF Squadrons, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; Information Memorandum No 138, 11 July 1945, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Cypher Message 5061, 6 August 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”

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