403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

The official lineage of the 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron.

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Squadron standard

Squadron standard

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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.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 1 July 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '403 (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 15 October 1948.Footnote 3
  • Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter Bomber) Squadron' 3 September 1952.Footnote 4
  • Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Fighter) Squadron' 16 November 1953.Footnote 5
  • Redesignated '403 "City of Calgary" (Transport) Squadron' 25 January 1957.Footnote 6
  • Redesignated '403 Squadron' 31 March 1958.Footnote 7
  • Disbanded 31 March 1964.Footnote 8
  • Reformed as '403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron' 15 February 1968.Footnote 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'.Footnote 12

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