Motto: QUAERIMUS ET PETIMUS - "We search and strike"
Squadron Codes: AB (1940 - 1943)
YI (1943 - 1946), NQ (1953 - 1958)
QUAERIMUS ET PETIMUS
(We search and strike)
A bald-headed eagle volant proper wings displayed and inverted, legs and claws extended.
Atlantic 1942-1945, English Channel and North
Sea 1944-1945, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944, Gulf and Kuwait
My grandfather, F.G. Fellows, flew with 423 squadron from December 10, 1943 until October 5, 1944. By this
time, he had flown a total of 82 operations.
423 General Reconnaissance Squadron was formed at Oban, Scotland on 18 May 1942, before moving to Castle Archdale,
Northern Ireland. The squadron operated in Castle Archdale for most of the war, flying anti-submarine patrols with Sunderland
flying boats until disbanding on 4 September 1945. They reformed at RCAF Station St. Hubert on 1 June 1953 as 423 All-Weather
Fighter Squadron. The squadron went to 2 Wing Grostenquin on 12 February 1957 where they stayed until de-activation on 31
December 1962. On 3 September 1974, 423 Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopter Squadron stood up at CFB Shearwater, where they
currently reside. The squadron name changed on 31 January 1995 to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron and it currently flies
the CH-124 Sea King.
During its existence, 423 Squadron has flown the following Aircraft:
- Shorts Sunderland
- North American Harvard
- Avro CF-100 Canuck
- Canadair (Lockheed) CT-33 Silver Star
- Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King