Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

434 Combat Support Squadron

434 Combat Support Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent upon waves of water Azure representation of the schooner Bluenose proper.

Significance

The squadron was adopted by the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and took the nickname "Bluenose" in reference to the common nickname for Nova Scotians. The schooner Bluenose is well known for its fine record.

MOTTO

IN EXCELSIS VINCIMUS (We conquer in the heights)

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, 1944; Ruhr, 1943-1945; Berlin, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine.

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.434 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 June 1943.1
Disbanded 5 September 1945.2
Reformed as '434 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 July 1952.3
Disbanded 15 January 1963.4
Reformed as '434 Strike/Attack Squadron' 8 April 1963.5
Disbanded 1 April 1967.6
Reformed as '434 Operational Training Squadron' 15 February 1968.7
Redesignated '434 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron' 15 September 1970.8
Redesignated ‘434 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 December 1978.9
Disbanded 17 March 1989.10
Reformed as '434 Composite Squadron' 17 June 1992.11
Redesignated '434 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.12

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on bombing and mine-laying operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'.13

SQUADRON STANDARD

434 Combat Support Squadron

1. Loose Minute/Note d'accompagnement 1365/D of O, 12 May 1943, file/dossier S.2-3-434, Kardex 181.006 (D291); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”

2. Secret Organization Order 285, 22 August 1945, file/dossier S.17-434-1 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5439); AFRO 1437/45

3. Organization Order 36/52, 24 April 1952, file/dossier 895-9/434, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

4. Organization Order 4.4.3, 28 November 1962, file/dossier 895-9/434, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

5. Organization Order 4.4.3, 28 November 1962, file/dossier 895-9/434, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3024

6. Organization Instruction 4.4.3/1, 15 March 1967, file/dossier 895-59/1 (COS), Kardex 113.302.006 (D4); Memorandum/Note de service, Vice-Admiral R.L. Hennessy, for CDS, 5 April 1967, file/dossier F 1901-3059/3 (DO). The documentation uses the term “stand down” for the fate of the squadron. For lineage accuracy that term equates to the more specific and correct term “disbanded”/ La documentation mentionne le terme «suspendu» en rapport avec l'avenir de l'escadron. Pour être précis en matière de lignage, il faut noter que ce terme équivaut au terme plus précis et approprié «dissous».

7. CFOO/OOFC 3.152, 18 March/mars 1968, file/dossier 1901-4363/2 (DO)

8. Amendment List 2 to CFOO 3.152/Liste de modificatifs 2 de l'OOFC 3.152, 20 May/mai 1971, file/dossier 1901-7700 (DO)

9. CFOO/OOFC 2.15.8, 1 December/décembre 1978, file/dossier 1901-700 (DMCO)

10. MOO/DMO 39/89; NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, D FORCE S 462, 241835Z Apr/avril 89, file/dossier 1920-7700 (DFORCES 5)

11. MOO/DMO 92022

12. MOO/DMO 93227; CFOO/OOFC 2.3.12.5, 15 July/juillet 1993, file/dossier 1901-3014 (DGFD)

13. No 6 (RCAF) Group, January 1944, Document Collection 72/360; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 1365/D of O, 12 May 1943, file/dossier S.2-3-434, Kardex 181.006 (D291); AFHS, "No.434 Squadron", PRF/DRP R S7 434

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