434 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron

The official lineage of the 434 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron.


Squadron standard

Squadron standard



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


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.


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.


  • Authorized as 'No.434 (Bomber) Squadron' 15 June 1943.Footnote 1
  • Disbanded 5 September 1945.Footnote 2
  • Reformed as '434 (Fighter) Squadron' 1 July 1952.Footnote 3
  • Disbanded 15 January 1963.Footnote 4
  • Reformed as '434 Strike/Attack Squadron' 8 April 1963.Footnote 5
  • Disbanded 1 April 1967.Footnote 6
  • Reformed as '434 Operational Training Squadron' 15 February 1968.Footnote 7
  • Redesignated '434 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron' 15 September 1970.Footnote 8
  • Redesignated ‘434 Tactical Fighter Squadron' 1 December 1978.Footnote 9
  • Disbanded 17 March 1989.Footnote 10
  • Reformed as '434 Composite Squadron' 17 June 1992.Footnote 11
  • Redesignated '434 Combat Support Squadron' 1 April 1993.Footnote 12

Operational history

The Second World War

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

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