Historical Aircraft

430 Squadron

 

No. 430 Squadron
Badge none
Formed as an Army Co-operation unit at Hartford Bridge, Hampshire, England on 1 January 1943 as the RCAF’s 30th- third and last army co-operation – squadron formed overseas, and redesignated Fighter Reconnaissance on 28 June 1943, the unit flew Mustang and Spitfire aircraft onair intelligence work, carrying out photographic recon­naissance for Allied invasion planners, and before-and-after photographs of air attacks on German “Noball” (V-1 flying bomb) launching sites. After 6 June 1944, it provided tac­tical photographic reconnaissance for ground forces in North-West Europe. The squadron was disbanded at Luneburg, Germany on 7 August 1945.
Brief Chronology Formed as No. 430 (AC) Sqn, Hartford Bridge, Hants., Eng. 1 Jan 43. Redesignated No. 430 (FR) Sqn, Dunsfold, Surrey 28 Jun 43. Disbanded at Luneburg,) Ger. 7 Aug 45. I Title or Nickname “City of Sudbury” i Adoption City of Sudbury, Ont. (July 1943). i Commanders WIC E.H.G. Moncrieff, AFC 1 Jan 43 – 4 Jul 43.
SIL R.A. Ellis, DFC 15 Jul 43 – 13 Sep 43.
SIL F.H. Chesters 14 Sep 43 – 2 Oct 44 OTE.
SIL J. Watts 3 Oct 44 – 2 Mar 45 OTE.
SIL C.D. Bricker, DFC 3 Mar 45 – 11 May 45 OTE.
SIL H.W. Russell 12 May 45 – 7 Aug 45.
Higher Formations and Squadron Locations
Army Co-operation Command:
No. 39 (RCAF) Wing,
Hartford Bridge, Hants. 1 Jan 43 – 11 Jan 43.
Dunsfold, Surrey 12 Jan 43 – 31 May 43.
Armament Practice Camp, Weston Zoyland, Som. 25 Apr – 5 May 43.
Fighter Command:
No. 11 Group,
Dunsfold, Surrey 1 Jun 43 – 4 Jul 43.
Second Tactical Air Force:
No. 83 (Composite) Group,
No. 39 (RCAF) Sector (disbanded 1 Jul 44),
No. 129 (RCAF) Wing,
Ashford, Kent 13 Aug 43 – 14 Oct 43.
Gatwick, Surrey 15 Oct 43 – 31 Mar 44.
No. 15 Armament Practice Camp, Peterhead, Scot. 5-18 Jan. 44.
Exercise “Eagle”, Clifton, Yorks. 9-25 Feb 44.
No. 128 (RCAF) Wing,
Odiham, Hants. 1 Apr 44 – 28 Jun 44.
B.(Base)8 Sommervieu, Fr. 29 Jun 44 – 1 Jul 44.
No. 39 (RCAF) Wing,
B.8 Sommervieu, Fr. 2 Jul 44 – 13 Aug 44.
B.21 Ste-Honorine-de-Ducy, Fr. 14 Aug 44. 31 Aug 44. B.34 Avrilly, Fr. 1 Sep 44 – 19 Sep 44.
B.66 Diest, Bel. 20 Sep 44 – 3 Oct 44.
B.78 Eindhoven, Neth. 4 Oct 44 – 6 Mar 45.
B.90 Petit-Brogel, Bel. 7 Mar 45 – 9 Apr 45.
B.108 Rheine, Ger. 10 Apr 45 – 15 Apr 45.
B.116 Wunstorf, Ger. 16 Apr 45 – 27 Apr 45.
B.154 Soltau, Ger. 28 Apr 45 – 7 May 45.
B.156 Luneburg, Ger. 8 May 45 – 7 Aug 45.
No. 17 Armament Practice Camp, Warmwell, Dorset., Eng. 23 Jul – 2 Aug 45.Representative Aircraft (Unit Code G9)
Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.I & II (Jan – Feb 43, not on opera­tions)
North American Mustang Mk.I (Jan 43 – Dec 44) AG227 H AG349 A AG377 D AG433 Z AG488 V AG552 M AG553 R AG627 C AG628 R AL978 B AL986 T AL997 0 AM103 0 AM125 W AM170 P AM227 L AM228 N AM237 K AP178 J AP179 F AP180 E AP186 Y AP188 0 AP235 X
Supermarine Spitfire F.R.Mk.XIV (Nov 44 – Aug 45) RM180 A RM817 V RM818 C RM820 M RM821 B RM822 P RM847 K RM848 S RM850 D RM851 F RM852 J RM853 N RM856 R RM857 E RM860 0 RM866 T RM974 L RM876 H RM910 Y RM996 T RNll 4 W RN115 Q RN116 C RN202 C
Operational History: First Mission 1 June 1943, 2 Mustangs from Dunsfold (FIL N.S. Clarke and F/O T.M. Pethick) rhubarb, attacked a train just north of Sees and a second train between Voutre and Evron. Many hits were scored, no enemy aircraft or flak encountered. Last Mission 5 May 1945, 2 Spitfire XIV’s from Soltau (W/C R.C.A. Waddell in RM824 “Z” and F/O C.W. Anderson in RM817 “V”) – tactical reconnaissance over an enemy airfield at Kiel. Summary Sorties: 4946. Operational/Non-operational Fly­ing Hours: 5831/5838. Victories: Aircraft: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged. Ground: destroyed 31 locomotives, 13-plus elec­trical pylons, 4 armoured fighting vehicles, 4 motor vehicles, 3 boats. Casualties: Operational: 29 aircraft; 23 pilots, of whom 3 were killed, 13 presumed dead, 3 POW, 4 injured. Non-operational: 7 personnel, of whom 3 were killed, 2 wounded, 2 injured. Honours and Awards 9 DFC’s, 1 Air Medal (USA), 1 Croix de Guerre (Fr). Battle Honours Fortress Europe 1943-1944. France and Germany 1944-1945: Normandy 1944, Arnhem, Rhine.