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.
Wayne D. Anderson photo was taken in RAF Station Kinloss - Fincastle Competition Circa 1979/80.
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.
LCol Luc Vachon Signs 405 Squadron Over To LCol Brian Goldie
25 years ago: 405 Sqn flew in formation over the Netherlands to commemorate Op Manna
On April 29th, 1995, Capt Derek Squire and crew from 405 Squadron flew a CP-140 in formation with allied airplanes over the Netherlands to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Manna. Historical notes show that between April 29th and May 8th 1945, 405 Squadron Pathfinders flew 6 missions in support of Operation Manna. During that operation, air units from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Canada airdropped thousands of tons of food to help feed Dutch civilians in danger of starvation as the supply of food had been disrupted. READ STORY
1943 405 RCAF SQN LQ
From David Sharp April 2020 - My father. John Sharp, served in England (he was British) with 405 squadron during WW2. I have a photo of at least part of the squadron (under one wing of a bomber) 47 men, which I have scanned in some detail. The original is about 15cm x 10cm, but I have microscope-scanned each individual face as best I can. He noted at the back that it was taken in 1942.ARTICLE
405 Squadron Wellington
Jim Vann told of his time as a pilot were when he had a hard landing and broke his right wrist/hand. While his cast was still wet, he was taken out to his cockpit and the cast molded on the control throttle so he could continue to fly. A 2nd story was their plane was coming in damaged and they were ready for crash landing possibly in the English channel. Rear gunner Cliff Robinson’s communication was out so when they landed hard and deplaned, Cliff was sitting in his dingy on the tarmac having ditched as soon as they hit the tarmac having expected a water landing.
-- Listed as a War Criminal by Germans and capture would have meant execution
-- During the war he golfed and played tennis when able. He spent leaves at Watch Hill estate in Budleigh Salterton, Devon (see more below on this) while stationed at Gransden.
-- May 10, 1945: last flight 2 days after VE day to Lubeck, Germany to return 24 POW back to England. Jim said that was his best flight ever.
-- Early 1945 awarded DFC (after 1st tour): awarded Bar to DFC after 2nd tour completed.STORY
405 SQUADRON CHANGE OF COMMAND
405 Sqn Window Dedication St. Bartholomew's Church, Gransden Anniversary ARTICLE
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