433 Tactical Fighter Squadron

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433 Squadron
Active 1943-1945
1954-1961
1968-2005
Country  Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Nickname Porcupine
Motto Qui s'y frotte s'y pique
("Who opposes it gets hurt")
Battle honours English Channel & North Sea 1944-1945
Baltic 1944-1945
Fortress Europe 1944
France & Germany 1944-1945
Biscay Ports 1944
Ruhr 1944-1945
Berlin 1944
German Ports 1944-1945
Normandy 1944
Rhine
Biscay 1944

433 Squadron was a unit of the Canadian Forces under the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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No. 433 Squadron formed at RAF Skipton-on-Swale on 25 September 1943, but was without aircraft for nearly two months. When these arrived they were the latest version of the Handley Page Halifax, the Mk III, and No. 433 worked up on them to begin operations on 2 January 1944. For the next year the squadron was continuously operational on Halifaxes over the Continent by night. In January 1945 the Halifaxes were replaced by Avro Lancaster Mk Is, and No. 433 used these for three months, by which time the war in Europe had come to an end. No. 433 was not disbanded but, as part of No. 1 Group, flew trooping flights from Germany and Italy, bringing back troops and POWs. This continued until 15 October 1945, when the squadron disbanded at Skipton-on-Swale.

No. 433 Squadron reformed as an All-Weather (Fighter) unit at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, on 15 November 1954, and moved to CFB North Bay, Ontario, in October 1955, the squadron flew CF-100 Canuck aircraft on North American air defence until disbanded on 1 August 1961.

Reformed post-unification No. 433 Escadrille tactique de combat was a French language squadron of Mobile Command based at CFB Bagotville, Quebec. No. 433 Escadrille flew the CF-5 Freedom Fighter in the tactical and reconnaissance role until conversion to the CF-188 Hornet fighter jets in 1984.

The squadron was deactivated in 2005, and its assets and personnel amalgamated into 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron.[1]

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