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Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland Coastal Command

RCAF 423 Squadron

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Nickname: Eagle
Motto: QUAERIMUS ET PETIMUS - "We search and strike"

Nickname: Eagle
Squadron Codes: AB (1940 - 1943)
YI (1943 - 1946), NQ (1953 - 1958)

 
 
Motto:
QUAERIMUS ET PETIMUS
(We search and strike)

Badge:
A bald-headed eagle volant proper wings displayed and inverted, legs and claws extended.

Battle Honours:
Atlantic 1942-1945, English Channel and North Sea 1944-1945, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944, Gulf and Kuwait

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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.

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History

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

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Special thanks to:
 
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010