MWO, The Reverent (Retired) Herb Townsend celebrates his 90th birthday with 405 Squadron

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.

HR 871 Engine Recovered


I'm pretty sure this is the first time since August 1943 that this Rolls Royce Merlin engine from Halifax HR871 of the Canadian 405 Squadron has sat the correct way up! The aircraft was ditched due to a lightning strike and sat at the bottom of the Baltic sea off the coast of Sweden for almost 80 years...... Ran fine when last used ! It's with great thanks to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada and Halifax 57 Rescue that this ''Golden Gem'' of history ca
n be displayed at the RAF Snaith Museum


April 23, 405 (Long Range Patrol) Squadron, based at 14 Wing Greenwood, celebrated its 83rd birthday with a celebratory cake. Pathfinders gathered, as Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Arsenault, right, and Chief Warrant Officer Duane May got ready for cutting and serving duties. 
405 Squadron was the first Royal Canadian Air Force bomber squadron, formed in England April 3, 1941. June 12, 1941, saw its first bombing operation. Elite and experienced bomber crews continued to serve through the Second World War. In 1950, the squadron reformed at Greenwood for maritime patrol work. In 1955, the war-time Lancaster was replaced by the Neptune and then, in 1958, the Argus. The CP140 Aurora arrived in 1980 and, through several modernizations, remains Canada's essential long range patrol and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, at home and abroad.
Ducimus!
Photo: Sergeant R. Beers


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