2021 - 405 Squadron's 80th Anniversary
Sqn Headquarters’ flight suit patch design has changed. The patch is round representing the RCAF Roundel. The contour is light blue representing the Sqn colours. The lower part of the logo is brown representing the ground. The middle display the search lights as found in the Gransden Stained glass Window representing our connection to the past and to the fact that “we will remember them”. The mighty Lancaster was replaced the CP140 Aurora.
KB 914 Memorial Update
405 Squadron Wellington
Frederick Gladding DFC, a member of the 405 Squadron Association, passed away peacefully yesterday morning, in Paris Ontario, at age 98. Dad completed over 40 operational trips over Europe as a navigator in firstly 415 sqn., and then 405 sqn. Post war he continued in the RCAF Reserves, working most summers in the recruitment office in London Ontario. A role he loved until his discharge in the early 1960’s.
Flying Officer Stephen James Decker, Navigator, age 24, Cook’s Harbour, NFLD CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Bernard Delbert Forbes, Radio Officer, age 23, North Bay, ON CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Francis Steward Fowlow, Radio Officer, age 24, St John’s NFLD CONTACT MADE
Corporal Joseph Donat Gallant, Flight Engineer, age 34, Urbainville, PEI CONTACT MADE
Corporal Roger David Joseph Lalonde, Flight Engineer, age 30, Colbalt, ON CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Charles Bruce Scott, Co-pilot, age 27, St John, NB
Flying Officer Thurland Mabury Tate, Radio Officer, age 22, Grand Manan, NB CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Thomas Claude Wagar, DFC, Pilot, age 32, Parham, ON
Flying Officer Douglas David Wood, Navigator, age 21, Peterborough, ON
As a result of a Letter to the Editor of the Telegram and a CBC radio interview that same day we located family members of F/O Fowlow. As of June 12, 2021, 6 families have been contacted.
The crest of 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron depicts an eagle's head facing to the sinister and holding in the beak a sprig of maple. Its motto refers to the fact that this was the first and only Royal Canadian Air Force Pathfinder squadron. The eagle's head which faces the sinister suggests leadership, is derived from the pathfinder badge