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
Flying Officer Stephen James Decker, Navigator, age 24, Cook’s Harbour, NFLD CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Bernard Delbert Forbes, Navigator, age 23, North Bay, ON
Flying Officer Francis Steward Fowlow, Radio Officer, age 24, St John’s NFLD
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 of Feb 13, 2021, 4 families have been contacted.
Lancaster KB914 along with another squadron Lancaster of 405 (MR) Squadron, had been dispatched to Keflavik, Iceland for an anti-submarine exercise. On January 31, 1953, the two crews received orders to proceed to Goose Bay, Labrador, to search for a missing civilian Beechcraft Expeditor. They were to carry out a track crawl to Goose Bay, watching for the missing aircraft. The two Lancasters departed Keflavik February 1, 1953. The second Lancaster arrived safely at Goose Bay with their plane coated with ice. By the time that KB914 was approaching Goose Bay at 1526 hours local, the base was experiencing heavy snowfall with nil visibility and the GCA system was unserviceable. The aircraft was ordered to divert to Torbay, Newfoundland. The aircraft headed eastwards, but at 1630 local the pilot reported that two engines were feathered, and he was returning to Goose Bay. They reported their position as approximately 52.00N, -58.00W and requested a weather update for Goose Bay. That was the last communication with KB914. Search called off 16 February 1953.
On June 15, 1953 the pilot of a DH Beaver of Laurentian Air Services, spotted the wreckage of KB914 at approximately 52.56N, 57.56W. An RCAF ground party reached the site on June 16th.
The memorial will be installed and dedicated in the Spring of 2021.
LANCASTER KB914 MEMORIAL
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