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414 "Sarnia Imperials" Squadron (RCAF)

Totis Viribus - Queen Elizabeth II, June 1960
Adopted By: City of Sarnia, ON

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Lysander III, Tomahawk I & II, Mustang I, Spitfire X)

Note that during WWII the squadron had no crest nor motto. These were awarded later. The squadron was unofficially known as the “Sarnia Imperials”.

No. 414 Squadron was formed as the RCAF's 12th squadron formed overseas in WWII, at Croydon, Surrey, UK . It was the second Army Co-operation unit to be formed in this group, and was initiated on 13 August 1941. In the early days, it flew Westland Lysander Mk. III aircraft before flying Curtiss Tomahawk Mks. I and II (both non-operationally). It saw no action in the AC role since no army units were active in Europe. On 28 June 1943 the unit was re-designated a Fighter Reconnaissance unit at Dunsfold, Surrey. Thereafter, the squadron joined the 2nd Tactical Air Force. By now it was flying North American Mustang Mk. I aircraft. The duties were to provide intelligence, such as photographic reconnaissance before and after D-Day, and tactical reconnaissance once the invasion had taken hold. The squadron was issued with Supermarine Spitfire aircraft and moved to France in August 1944, and thereafter followed the Allied armies in their progress through France, the Low Countries and Germany, providing reconnaissance for them. The squadron was disbanded at Luneburg, Germany on August 7, 1945.

In the course of WWII the squadron flew over 6,000 sorties for the loss of 23 pilots, 19 of whom were killed or missing, the remaining 4 being POWs. They claimed 29 enemy aircraft destroyed, 1 probable and 11 damaged. On ground attack, they accounted for 76 locomotives and other miscellaneous targets. The squadron produced one ace, Flight Lieutenant D.I. Hall DFC. Awards gained were 2 Bars to DFC, 16 DFCs and 3 MiD. Battle Honours were:Defence of Britain 1942-43, Fortress Europe 1942-44, Dieppe, France and Germany 1944-45: Normandy 1944, Arnhem Rhine, Biscay 1943Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 414 Squadron 1941-45

MAP 1: 414 Squadron Movements in Britain 1941-44 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)
MAP 2: 414 Squadron Movements Detail of Map 1
MAP 3: 414 Squadron Movements in Europe 1944-45

414 Squadron History Summary 1941-45

414 Squadron History Summary 1941-45 Page 2

414 Squadron History Summary 1941-45 Page 3

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Dakota IIIP & IVP, Sabre 4, 5, 6, Canuck, Voodoo, Silver Star)

Unofficially, No. 14 (Photographic) Squadron at Rockcliffe (Ottawa), Ontario was formed on 12 June 1944, and it was officially renumbered No. 414 on 1 April 1947. The squadron flew Douglas Dakota IIP and IVP aircraft on vertical photographic duty, to photograph 323,754 square miles (838,520 km2) of Canada's North. When this task was completed the squadron was disbanded on 1 November 1950.

The squadron was re-formed as a Fighter unit at Bagotville, Quebec on 1 November 1952, equipped with Canadair Sabre aircraft. It later joined No. 4 (Fighter) Wing at Baden-Soellingen, Germany in August 1953. In 1956, it was decided to replace one Sabre squadron in each of No. 1 Air Division Europe’s four wings with an all-weather fighter unit. When No. 419 AW(F) Squadron arrived from Canada, No. 414 was deactivated on 14 July 1957 and reactivated as All-Weather (Fighter) at North Bay, Ontario on 5 August 1957. The squadron flew CF-100 and CF-101 aircraft on North American air defence until disbanded on 30 June 1964.

The squadron re-formed once again at RCAF Station St-Hubert, Quebec , on September 15, 1967 as 414 Electronic Warfare Squadron, with CF-100 aircraft. The unit provided Air Defence Command ground control radar personnel and airborne interceptor crews with training and experiences in combating radar jamming. On 1 February 1968 the squadron was integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces. In August 1972, 414 moved to Canadian Forces Base North Bay and stayed there until 1992, when they were split in two with one part going to Canadian Forces Base Comox, British Columbia as 414 Composite Squadron and the other part going to Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Nova Scotia as 434 Composite Squadron. 414 changed its name to Combat Support Squadron in 1993 when it was equipped with the CT-133 Silver Star. In 2002, 414 Squadron was disbanded and its remaining two aircraft retired.

On 7 December 2007 approval was received for the squadron to stand up once more, this time as 414 EWS (Electronic Warfare Support) Squadron. Belonging to the RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre, the squadron is based in Ottawa and is composed of military Electronic Warfare Officers who fulfill the combat support role, flying on civilian contracted aircraft.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑09‑08
Mustang
Mk. I
AP197
Flying Officer
KIFA
1961‑08‑19
Canuck
Mk. 5
18684
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑06‑18
Mustang
Mk. I
AM251
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑14
Mustang
Mk. I
AP205
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑28
Mustang
Mk. I
AG503
Captain
KIFA
1973‑10‑17
Canuck
Mk. 5 / 5C
18788
Leading Aircraftman
Killed
1942‑12‑10
 
 
 
Flight Lieutenant
KIFA
1958‑09‑15
Canuck
Mk. 5
18572
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑07‑06
Spitfire
FR Mk XIV
MV314
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑11‑14
Canuck
Mk. 5
18596
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑06
Mustang
Mk. I
AP172
Pilot Officer
KIA
1941‑11‑21
Tomahawk
IIA
AH902
Flying Officer
KIFA
1958‑09‑15
Canuck
Mk. 5
18572
Flying Officer
KIFA
1953‑06‑09
Sabre
4
19660
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑07‑06
Spitfire
FR Mk XIV
MV269
Wing Commander
KIFA
1960‑11‑14
Canuck
Mk. 5
18596
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑11‑03
Mustang
Mk. I
AG654
Captain
KIFA
1973‑10‑17
Canuck
Mk. 5 / 5C
18788
Captain
KIFA
1982‑09‑21
Silver Star
3AT/PT
21069
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑09‑15
Mustang
Mk. I
AP224
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑06‑18
Mustang
I
AM220
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑01
Mustang
Mk. I
AG525
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑16
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MJ912
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑03‑02
Sabre
6
23483
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑12‑04
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MJ744
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑26
Mustang
Mk. I
AG476
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑28
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK731
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑11
Mustang
Mk. I
AP261
Squadron Leader
KIA
1943‑11‑05
Mustang
Mk. I
AM111
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑15
Mustang
I
AM167
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1942‑11‑07
 
 
AT241
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑03‑27
Mustang
Mk. I
AP185
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑08‑21
Mustang
Mk. I
AM160
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑17
Mustang
Mk. I
AP206
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑03‑02
Sabre
6
23524
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑09‑06
Spitfire
LF Mk IX
MK416

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