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Lt. Col. Jeff Tasseron was  Commander of 423 Sqn when I first had the pleasure of personal contact with him in regards to this website.

During his time as CO of 423 Shearwater, I was informed of the naming of a new hangar to be officially named  Archdale Hangar , after the wartime home of 423 Sqn in Northern Ireland.

I received a very heartfelt notification from Lt. Col. Tasseron about this naming ceremony taking place, here is an excerpt from the letter sent to me from Lt. Col. Tasseron:


Mr. Picken - Hello from 12 Wing Shearwater, and from 423 (MH) Sqn.
It gives me great personal satisfaction to inform you that, owing in no small part to the excellent historical effort you made with your website, and to the kind efforts of A/CAS staff and my Wing Commander, I have succeeded in gaining approval to officially name the new 423 Squadron Hangar "Archdale Hangar."
I thought it only correct to let you know first, since it was your work that inspired me to read more deeply into the Sqn history, such that I came to believe quite strongly that "Archdale" was the right name for our impressive new facility.  I discussed other alternatives with an extensive set of 423 CO alumni, and while there were many worthy suggestions, none of them felt as historically evocative of the spirit and surroundings that made this Squadron into what it is today.
Jeff Tasseron
Commanding Officer 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron




Here are official photos that were kindly sent to me from Shearwater that show the naming ceremony that took place which included 8 CO's of 423 Sqn coming together.






Lt. Col. Jeff Tasseron










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