Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

431 Air Demonstration Squadron

431 Air Demonstration Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent an Iroquois' head adorned.

Significance

The Iroquois' head represents the squadron's motto.

MOTTO

THE HATITEN RONTERIIOS (Warriors of the air)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1943-1944; BALTIC, 1943-1944; 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, 1943-1944.

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.431 (Bomber) Squadron' 7 November 1942.1
Disbanded 5 September 1945.2
Reformed as '431 (Fighter) Squadron' 18 January 1954.3
Disbanded 1 October 1954.4
Reformed as ‘431 Air Demonstration Squadron’ 9 August 1977,5 from the ‘Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team’ (authorized 15 January 1975).6

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

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

SQUADRON STANDARD

431 Air Demonstration Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 3063/D of O, 7 November 1942, Kardex 181.006 (D288)

2. AFRO 1437/45; Secret Organization Order 284, 22 August 1945, file/dossier 517-431-1(DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5438)

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

4. Organization Order 46/54, 24 September 1954, file/dossier 895-9/431, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

5. CFOO/OOFC 2.17.2, 9 August/août 1977, file/dossier 1901-2604

6. CFOO/OOFC 5.17.2, 15 January/janvier 1975, file/dossier 1901-2604 (DOE)

7. No.6 (RCAF) Group, January 1944, Document Collection/collection de documents 72/360; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 3063/D of O, 7 November 1942, Kardex 181.006 (D288); AFHS, “No.431 Squadron”, PRF/DRP R S7 431

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