430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron is a unit of the Canadian Forces under the Royal Canadian Air Force. It operates Bell CH-146 Griffons from CFB Valcartier, near Quebec City in Quebec, Canada.

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
No. 430 Squadron RCAF badge.jpg
Country Canada
BranchCanada Royal Canadian Air Force
RoleTactical Helicopter
Nickname(s)City of Sudbury
Silver Falcon
Motto(s)Celeriter certoque (Swiftly and surely)
Battle honoursFortress Europe 1943-1944
France and Germany 1944-1945
Normandy 1944
No. 430 Squadron Sabres at RCAF Station Grostenquin, 1960


No. 430 Squadron RCAF was a unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force formed during World War II as the "City of Sudbury" squadron in 1943. Initially created as an army co-operation squadron, 430 was redesignated as a fighter reconnaissance unit later that year. The unit was stationed in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and flew photo reconnaissance missions in support of planning for the Normandy landings. After D-Day, missions included before-and-after photography of attacks on V-1 flying bomb launch sites and support for ground forces. 430 Squadron was disbanded in Germany in August 1945.[2]

In the Cold War period, the squadron was reformed in November 1951 at RCAF Station North Bay, flying the Canadair F-86 Sabre. It was given the nickname Silver Falcon. 430 Fighter Squadron went to 2 Wing RCAF Station Grostenquin near Grostenquin, France in September 1952. The squadron was located at Grostenquin until deactivation in September 1962.[2]

430 Fighter Squadron was reactivated at 3 Wing Zweibrücken, West Germany in February 1963, and transitioned to the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter. The squadron moved to 1 Wing Lahr, West Germany in February 1969 until it was disbanded in May 1970.[2]

The unit reformed again in 1971 as a French-language Canadian Forces tactical helicopter squadron at Valcartier and known officially as 430e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères. There it operated the Bell CH-136 Kiowa and the Bell CH-135 Twin Huey in support of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. The unit transitioned to the CH-146 Griffon in 1994.[3]


The squadron was deployed as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) and also provided core personnel to the Rotary Wing Aviation Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers on peacekeeping operations in the Sinai.[3]



  1. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Prime Minister of Canada. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  2. ^ a b c 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Archived 2013-11-11 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2013-10-29
  3. ^ a b Canadian Forces (November 2008). "430 Squadron". Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

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