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410 "Cougar" Squadron (RCAF)

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

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑12‑20
Canuck
Mk. 5
18553
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK463
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑26
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DD669
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑05‑18
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DD713
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑10
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ743
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑05‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM786
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑10‑20
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM737
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑08‑27
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ305
Flying Officer
KIFA
1950‑10‑04
Vampire
Mk. III
17048
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1945‑03‑06
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM788
Flying Officer
KIFA
1944‑11‑29
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MT488
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑26
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DD669
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1944‑02‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK520
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1943‑08‑27
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ305
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑09‑16
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ827
Leading Aircraftman
Died
1945‑05‑22
 
 
 
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑12‑21
Oxford
I
R6329
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑03‑19
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
HJ930
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑03‑26
Defiant
MK. I
N3364
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑13
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ753
Flying Officer
KIFA
1944‑01‑16
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK431
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑12‑20
Canuck
Mk. 5
18553
Flight Lieutenant
KIFA
1944‑11‑29
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MT488
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑07‑08
Mosquito
N.F. Mk. XIII
MM570
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1943‑10‑22
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
HJ927
Flying Officer
KIFA
1951‑01‑12
Vampire
Mk. III
17053
Flying Officer
KIFA
1952‑04‑18
Sabre
2
19177
Squadron Leader
KIFA
1949‑07‑25
Vampire
Mk. III
17084
Captain
KIFA
1970‑11‑20
Voodoo
CF-101F
17460
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑10
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ743
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑06
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM788
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑07‑30
Oxford
II
V3744
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑08‑19
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ825
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑09‑01
Beaufighter
Mk. IIF
T3221
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK520
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑06‑25
Sabre
5
23328
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1943‑04‑06
 
 
DD674
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑05
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK454
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑12‑07
Canuck
Mk. 5
18610
Flight Lieutenant
KIFA
1944‑01‑16
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK431
Captain
KIFA
1984‑04‑12
Hornet (CF-188)
 
188715
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑01‑23
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
HJ919
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1943‑07‑30
Oxford
II
V3744
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑10‑22
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
HJ927
Captain
KIFA
1989‑01‑11
Hornet (CF-188)
 
188704
Flying Officer
KIFA
1952‑04‑18
Sabre
2
19181
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑04‑20
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ694
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑08‑13
Sabre
5
23333
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1944‑12‑21
Oxford
I
R6329
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑11
Defiant
MK. I
N3503
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑09
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM787
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑24
Mosquito
NF.Mk. XIII
HK463
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1943‑04‑06
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DD674
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1945‑05‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM786
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1944‑12‑21
Oxford
I
R6329
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑20
Mosquito
NF.Mk. 30
MM737
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑07‑18
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
DZ742

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