430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

The official lineage of the 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.


Squadron standard

Squadron standard



Argent in front a sun in splendour Or a gyrfalcon's head erased Argent langued Gules.


The gyrfalcon, found in northern Canada, is noted for its exceptional and alert fighting ability. The sun in splendour is used to depict the squadron's original role of fighter reconnaissance, the bringing of light or information to the troops.


CELERITER CERTOQUE (Swiftly and surely)

Battle honours

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1943-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Normandy, 1944; Arnhem; Rhine.


  • Authorized as 'No.430 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron' 1 January 1943.Footnote 1
  • Redesignated 'No.430 (Fighter Reconnaissance) Squadron' 28 June 1943.Footnote 2
  • Disbanded 7 August 1945.Footnote 3
  • Reformed as '430 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 November 1951.Footnote 4
  • Disbanded 1 June 1963.Footnote 5
  • Reformed as '430 Strike/Attack Squadron' 30 September 1963.Footnote 6
  • Disbanded 1 May 1970.Footnote 7
  • Reformed as '430e Escadrille tactique d’hélicoptères' 1 January 1971.Footnote 8
  • Designated in English as '430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron' 26 June 1978.Footnote 9

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on air intelligence operations, including photographic reconnaissance, in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands under 'Army Co-Operation Command', 'Fighter Command' and the '2nd Tactical Air Force'. It remained after the war for duty with the 'British Air Forces of Occupation (Germany)'.Footnote 10

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