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410 "Cougar" Squadron (RCAF) ( 57)

Noctivaga - King George VI, May 1945
Adopted By: City of St John, NB

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Defiant IF, Beaufighter IIF, Mosquito NF II, FB VI, NF XIII,)

The Squadron was formed at Ayr, Scotland on June 30, 1941 as the RCAF's third Night Fighter squadron to be formed overseas in WWII. It was the ninth RCAF squadron formed overseas. The squadron flew Boulton Paul Defiant, Bristol Beaufighter and later de Havilland Mosquito aircraft in the night air defence of Britain, and then Europe. It was based at a number of locations in the UK before moving to Europe in September 1944, where it remained until the end of hostilities. It was disbanded at Gilze-Rijen, the Netherlands , on June 9, 1945.

In the course of the conflict, the squadron flew 2972 sorties and accounted for 75 enemy aircraft confirmed destroyed, with 2 probables and 9 damaged. Operational casualties were 17 aircraft and 32 aircrew, of whom 10 were killed, 20 presumed killed and 2 POW. The squadron had 10 aces (shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft), of whom 4 were pilots and the others navigators: kills were credited to both crew members (Flight Lieutenant R.D. Schultz DFC&Bar; Flying Officer D.G. Tonque, RAF DFC&Bar (Nav.); Lieutenant A.A. Harrington (USAAF) DSO,DFC; Flight Lieutenant C.E. Edinger DFC; Flying Officer J.S. Christie (RAF) DFC (Nav.); Flying Officer C.L. Vaessen DFC (Nav.); Flight Lieutenant G.P.A. Bodard DFC (Nav.); Squadron Leader J.D. Somerville DSO, DFC; Flying Officer G.D. Robinson DFC (Nav.); Flight Lieutenant V.A. Williams DFC (Nav.). The squadron won 1 DSO, 1 MBE, 2 Bars to DFC, 19 DFCs, 1 BEM and 17 Mentioned in Dispatches. Battle Honours were: Defence of Great Britain 1941-44, Fortress Europe 1943, France and Germany 1944-45 Normandy 1944, Rhine, Biscay 1943.Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 410 Squadron 1941-45

MAP 1: 410 Squadron Movements 1941-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)

410 Squadron History Summary 1941-45

410 Squadron History Summary 1941-45 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Vampire III, Sabre 2, CF-100, Voodoo, Hornet)

The squadron was re-formed in a Fighter role at St Hubert (Montreal), Quebec on 1 December 1948. It was the first post-war Regular Force fighter unit, the first to fly Vampire and Sabre aircraft, and the first to join No. 1 (Fighter) Wing of No. 1 Air Division Europe. In 1956, it was decided to replace one Sabre squadron in each of the Air Division’s four wings with an all-weather fighter unit. When No. 445 AW(F) Squadron arrived from Canada, No. 410 was deactivated at Marville, France on 1 October 1956 and reactivated as All-Weather (Fighter) at Uplands (Ottawa), Ontario on 1 November. The squadron flew CF-100 and CF-101 aircraft on North American air defence until being disbanded on 1 April 1964.

In 1968, No.3 (Operating Training Unit) at CFB Bagotville, Quebec , which was tasked with training pilots and navigators for the three operational RCAF Voodoo squadrons, was renamed No. 410 Squadron. It moved to Cold Lake, Alberta in 1982, changing aircraft to become the training unit for Canada's new CF-18 Hornet aircraft. The squadron’s mission is: To Train World Class Fighter Pilots to Meet Canada's Needs.

The squadron runs two ab initio Fighter Pilot Courses (FPC) each year, training up to 20 fighter pilots. Each course comprises seven intense months of academics, simulator flights and flying missions. Graduates are taken from 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron (also known as NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Phase IV) and then provided with the tools to develop a solid foundation in both air-to-air and air-to-ground fighter combat.The squadron is also responsible for training and recertifying approximately five former CF-18 Hornet pilots annually. These are pilots who are returning to the CF-18 cockpit after a ground or exchange tour. Furthermore, 410 Squadron also trains newly arrived foreign exchange officers who will be joining one of Canada's two operational fighter squadrons.

A lesser-known sub-unit of 410 Squadron is FOTEF. FOTEF - the Fighter Operational Test & Evaluation Flight - is responsible for the operational testing and evaluation to meet the needs of the Fighter Force (FF). Their efforts have been and continue to be integral to the operational effectiveness of all aspects of core and CF-18 capabilities. Some the new systems being evaluated are Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS), Multi-function Information Distribution Systems (MIDS), the Advanced Multi-role Infra-Red Sensor, the evaluation of new mission planning software and the Advanced Distributed Combat Training System (the civilian contracted simulator system). Working closely with a variety of key units across the Air Force including the Aerospace Engineering & Test Establishment (AETE), FOTEF has enabled the seamless integration of newly modernized CF-18 ECP-583 R2 aircraft into the FF.

General Government of Canada RCAF Website


Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1956‑12‑20
Canuck (18553)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑24
Mosquito (HK463)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑11‑26
Mosquito (DD669)
Kingston, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑05‑18
Mosquito (DD713)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑10
Mosquito (DZ743)
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1945‑05‑11
Mosquito (MM786)
Sylvan Lake, Alberta (parents)
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑10‑20
Mosquito (MM737)
Toronto, Ontario (parents)
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑27
Mosquito (DZ305)
Theodore, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1950‑10‑04
Vampire (17048)
Scarborough, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Survived
1945‑03‑06
Mosquito (MM788)
Cobalt, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1944‑11‑29
Mosquito (MT488)
Verdun, Quebec (parents)
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1943‑11‑26
Mosquito (DD669)
Toronto, Ontario (parents)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑11
Mosquito (HK520)
Princeton, British Columbia (parents)
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑27
Mosquito (DZ305)
Kentville, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑09‑16
Mosquito (HJ827)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Leading Aircraftman
Died
1945‑05‑22
 ()
Port Hope, Ontario
Squadron Leader
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑21
Oxford (R6329)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑03‑19
Mosquito (HJ930)
Sudbury, Ontario
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑03‑26
Defiant (N3364)
Mount Keswick, York County, New Brunswick
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑06‑13
Mosquito (DZ753)
Rosetown, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1944‑01‑16
Mosquito (HK431)
Nemegos, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1956‑12‑20
Canuck (18553)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Flying Accident
1944‑11‑29
Mosquito (MT488)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑07‑08
Mosquito (MM570)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1943‑10‑22
Mosquito (HJ927)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1951‑01‑12
Vampire (17053)
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1952‑04‑18
Sabre (19177)
Trois Rivieres, Quebec
Squadron Leader
Killed in Flying Accident
1949‑07‑25
Vampire (17084)
Kamloops, British Columbia
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1970‑11‑20
Voodoo (17460)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑10
Mosquito (DZ743)
Toronto, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑06
Mosquito (MM788)
Hamilton, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑30
Oxford (V3744)
Vermillion, Alberta
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑08‑19
Mosquito (HJ825)
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1942‑09‑01
Beaufighter (T3221)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑11
Mosquito (HK520)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1955‑06‑25
Sabre (23328)
Hamilton, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1943‑04‑06
Mosquito (DD674)
 
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑02‑05
Mosquito (HK454)
Ripley, Ontario
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1960‑12‑07
Canuck (18610)
Kelliher, Saskatchewan
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Flying Accident
1944‑01‑16
Mosquito (HK431)
Foremost, Alberta
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1984‑04‑12
Hornet (CF-188) (188715)
 
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1943‑01‑23
Mosquito (HJ919)
Wainwright, Alberta
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑30
Oxford (V3744)
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑10‑22
Mosquito (HJ927)
Liverpool, England
Captain
Killed in Flying Accident
1989‑01‑11
Hornet (CF-188) (188704)
Edmonton, Alberta
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1952‑04‑18
Sabre (19181)
Morse, Saskatchewan
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Killed in Action
1943‑04‑20
Mosquito (DZ694)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flying Officer
Killed in Flying Accident
1956‑08‑13
Sabre (23333)
Birmingham, England
Leading Aircraftman
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑21
Oxford (R6329)
Calgary, Alberta
Flight Sergeant
Killed in Action
1942‑04‑11
Defiant (N3503)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1945‑03‑09
Mosquito (MM787)
Carnduff, Saskatchewan
Flying Officer
Killed in Action
1944‑06‑24
Mosquito (HK463)
Sudbury, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
1943‑04‑06
Mosquito (DD674)
South Nelson, New Brunswick
Leading Aircraftman
Killed in Action
1945‑05‑11
Mosquito (MM786)
Toronto, Ontario
Leading Aircraftman
Killed in Action
1944‑12‑21
Oxford (R6329)
Toronto, Ontario
Flight Lieutenant
Killed in Action
1944‑10‑20
Mosquito (MM737)
Balmoral, Manitoba
Pilot Officer
Killed in Action
1943‑07‑18
Mosquito (DZ742)
San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America

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