Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a hornet affronté proper.

Significance

The squadron was known as the "Hornet Squadron" during the Second World War and therefore adopted a hornet as its badge.

MOTTO

OUR STING IS DEATH

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

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

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.127 (Fighter) Squadron' 20 April 1942.1
Redesignated '443 (Fighter) Squadron' 8 February 1944.2
Disbanded 15 March 1946.3
Reformed 15 September 1951.4
Redesignated '443 "City of New Westminster" (Fighter) Squadron' 3 September 1952.5
Redesignated '443 Squadron' 1 September 1958.6
Disbanded 31 March 1964.7
Reformed as '443 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron', 3 September 1974,8 from one-half of '50 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron' (authorized 4 July 1955).9
Redesignated '443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron' 30 January 1995.11

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on air defence operations in eastern Canada under 'Eastern Air Command'. After transfer overseas, it flew on bomber escort and interdiction duties in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under the '2nd Tactical Air Force' and in Germany under the 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.12

SQUADRON STANDARD

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

1. Secret Organization Order No 57, 17 April 1942, file/dossier S.19-127-1 (D of O), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 174

2. 443 Squadron, Operations Record Book, 13 February 1944, RCAF Diaries, microfilm 174

3. Memorandum/Note de service, "Disposal of No 126 Wing and Associated Units", 14 March 1946, file/dossier S.2-3-126 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D757)

4. Organizational Order 112/51, 17 August 1951, file/dossier 895-64 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3046

5. Organizational Order 67/52, 3 September 1952, file/dossier 895-64 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3046

6. Organizational Order R3.19.2, 1 June 1958, file/dossier 895-64 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3046

7. Organizational Order R8.19.2, 20 December 1963, file/dossier 895-64 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3046

8. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DOE 350, 301250Z Jul 74, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, PRF/DRP R S7 443; CFOO/OOFC 9.5.7, 17 April/avril 1974, file/dossier 1901-1318 (DOE)

9. Message, CANAVHED to CANFLAGLANT, 8 June 1955, file/dossier NSS 1115-39 (STAFF), Document Collection NHS files/dans les dossiers SHM de la collection de documents

10. CFOO/OOFC 2.10.5, 9 September/septembre 1977, file/dossier 1901-1318 (DMCO)

11. NDHQ Message/Message du QGDN, DGFD 1002, 271404Z Jan 95, file/dossier 1901-1 (DEPR)

12. Secret Organization Order No 57, 17 April 1942, file/dossier S.19-127-1 (D of O), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 174; Information Memorandum No 50, 18 October 1943, file/dossier S.2-24, Kardex 181.009 (D718); No 83 (Composite) Group Organization Chart, 15 May 1945, Kardex 181.009 (D718); Air Defence of Great Britain Organization Circular No 27/AOA/1944, 24 February 1944, Kardex 181.006 (D86); Information Memorandum No 138, 11 July 1945, file/dossier S.2-24 (DAS), Kardex 181.009 (D718); AFRO 1296/45, Appendix "B"; AFHS,"443 Squadron History", PRF/DRP R S7 443

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