Please pass on our Christmas greetings and Happy 2021 to 405 Sqn, Stay Safe. From Brian Mussard, 405 (Darlington) Sqn Royal Air Force AIRCADETS.
405 Squadron veteran recalls sacrifices amid world turmoil
With the world in turmoil thanks to COVID-19, heightened tensions over race, and bitter partisan politics, one D-day veteran in Nova Scotia is wondering if what they accomplished on June 6, 1944 means anything anymore. READ ARTICLE
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.
Members of 405 Squadron visit deployed member's families to bring song and good cheer.
Photos by Andrew Bartlett
MEMORIAL FOR THE CREW OF HALIFAX LQ M PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 IN BELGIUM
The following message is from Serge Halleux, Administrator of the 1940 French Remembrance Museum of Haut-le-Wastia:
In September 1942 a Halifax from 405 Sqn crashed in my village of Lesves/Profondeville .Belgium. (Halifax II DT487 LQ-M 405 Squadron) In September 2020, for the first time ever, I intend to place a monument to the memory of 8 men who died in the crash (7 from RCAF and 1 from RAF) on the exact spot. The local authorities accept my proposition and we will plan a ceremony at the date 2/3 September 2020.
405 Squadron Wellington
Wife of Former Squadrom Commanding Officer Passes Away
McCurdy, Linda Ann – Age 81, Central Onslow, passed away on December 21, 2020 at home.
The Association welcomes Gordon Hastings, a Mid-Upper Gunner who served with the Squadron from 1944 to 1945. Currently living in Ontario the 96 year old veteran recently flew in the Warplane Heritage Lancaster SEE ARTICLE
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