Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent a wolf's head Gules langued Azure erased.

Significance

The wolf is a fierce and powerful antagonist, indigenous to most parts of Canada.

MOTTO

STALK AND STRIKE

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

DEFENCE OF BRITAIN, 1941-1944; ENGLISH CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA, 1942; FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; Dieppe; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Rhine.

LINEAGE

Authorized as '403 (Fighter) Squadron' 19 February 1941.1
Disbanded 1 July 1945.2
Reformed as '403 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 October 1948.3
Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 3 September 1952.4
Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter) Squadron' 16 November 1953.5
Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Transport) Squadron' 25 January 1957.6
Redesignated '403 Squadron' 31 March 1958.7
Disbanded 31 March 1964.8
Reformed as '403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron' 15 February 1968.9

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew in support of Allied ground forces in Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany under 'Fighter Command' and '2nd Tactical Air Force'.12

SQUADRON STANDARD

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Memorandum/Note de service, Air Officer Commanding, RCAF in Great Britain to/à Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force, 27 October 1941, file/dossier S.2-3-7, Kardex 181.006 (D279)

2. Information Memorandum No 133, 19 June 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-401 (DAS), Kardex 181.006 (D310)

3. Organization Order 933, 21 July 1946, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/403 pt 2

4. Organization Order 62/52, 3 September 1952, file/dossier 895-64/403 (DOE), RCAF Diaries, microfilm 123

5. Organization Order 74/53, 4 September 1953, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/403 pt 2

6. Organization Order R6.0.30.1, 21 December 1956, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/403 pt 2

7. Organization Order R6.0.30.1, 19 February 1958, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/403 pt 2

8. Organization Order R8.30.20, December 1964, NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3047, file/dossier 895-64/403 pt 2

9. CFOO/OOFC 3.153, 15 February/février 1968, file/dossier F 1901-4363/1 (DO)

10. CFOO/OOFC 2.82, 1 March/mars 1979, file/dossier 1901-7717 (DMCO)

11. CFOO/OOFC 2.4.11.2, 30 July/juillet 1993, file/dossier 1901-7717 (DGFD)

12. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Order of Detail No 13, 19 February 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D282); AFHS, “No.403 (Wolf) Squadron”, PRF/DRPR S7 403

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