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.


Jim McCombe, WWll 405 Sqn Veteran Passes Away


​​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 Tom 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. 

405 Squadron Wellington

I regret to inform you that on 26 Jun, 433  & 405 Sqn veteran Jim McCombe passed away at the age of 95 in Winnipeg. Jim was a wartime member of both Squadrons and was very proud of his service. Jim enlisted as a teenager in Winnipeg along with his best friends. Wanting a quick path to higher pay, two of them elected to be Air Gunners. His best friend was killed on his second operational mission. Jim described this as the start of his awareness of just how dangerous the war would be and led to the terror that he felt on every mission until the end of the war. Jim flew 36 trips on both nighttime and daylight bombing raids over German-held Europe. After the war he joined the Domtar paper company and rose to the position of Vice President.  CLICK HERE to read a narrative of his wartime service he wrote in 1998, an excellent read. From: Lieutenant-Colonel Jared Penney Commanding Officer 433 TFS 


The Association is open at any ground and air crew as well as civilians who worked on the Squadron since 1941

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VE Day Commemorative Coins

The RCAF Association is distributing these coins to any RCAF veteran of WWll. Three coins have already been sent to the three 405 Squadron Association WWII veterans. If you know a RCAF veteran contact the RCAF Association.


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

Motto: Ducimus - We Lead