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418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron (RCAF)

Piyautailili - Queen Elizabeth II, June 1958
Adopted By: City of Edmonton, AB, March 1944

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Boston III, Mosquito II, FB Mk VI)

[Note that the squadron crest and motto were not given to the squadron until after WWII. During WWII the squadron had neither crest nor motto.] The squadron was formed at Debden, Essex, UK in November 1941as the RCAF's only Intruder Squadron. As such, it was attached to 11 Group of Fighter Command (later renamed Air Defence of Great Britain), conducting day and night intruder operations. These involved a variety of targets, strategic attacks and intruder attacks on airfields. Originally the squadron flew Douglas Boston Mk. III, with the squadron code letters being TH. They flew from a number of airfields in the south of England from 1942 to 1944, namely Debden, Bradwell Bay, Ford, Holmsley South, Hurn, Middle Wallop and Hunsdon. In March 1943 the squadron re-equipped with de Havilland Mosquito Mks. II and F.B. VI aircraft., with a marked increase in their successes in destroying enemy aircraft. The squadron claimed its hundredth victory in May 1944. After D-Day the squadron was involved in the campaign against V-1 and V-2 weapons.

On November 21, 1944 the squadron was transferred from Fighter Command to the 2nd Tactical Air Force in No. 136 (RAF) Wing and operated from Hartford Bridge, Hampshire, UK. before moving to Base 71 at Coxyde, Belgium, and then finally moving to Base 80 at Volkel, the Netherlands . The squadron was disbanded there on September 7th 1945.

The squadron was the most high-scoring unit of the RCAF in WWII. It claimed 178 aircraft and 79 and a half V-1 Flying Bombs. There were a number of aces, among them Wing Commander R. Bannock, DFC and Bar, Squadron Leader R. Gray, DFC, Flying Officer S.P. Reid DFC, Squadron Leader H.D. Cleveland DFC, Flight Lieutenant C.M. Jasper DFC, Flight Lieutenant J. Evans, Flight Lieutenant S.H.R. Cotterill DFC, Flight Lieutenant D.E. Forsyth, Squadron Leader J.B. Kerr, Flight Lieutenant H.E. Miller and Flight Lieutenant P.S. Leggatt. The squadron won 3 DSO's, 42 DFC's, 9 Bars to DFC's, 1 Second Bar to DFC, 5 DFM's, 1 DFC(USA) and 1 Air Medal (USA). Overall, 3492 sorties were flown, 402 of which were on anti-V-1 patrols. 11,248 hours were flown operationally for the loss of 59 aircraft. The squadron was credited with destroying 178 aircraft, 17 locomotives destroyed and 59 damaged, with other destruction of rolling stock and motor vehicles. Battle Honours were: Defence of Britain 1944, Fortress Europe 1942-44, Dieppe, France and Germany 1944-45, Normandy 1944, Rhine. Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Map for Movements of 418 Squadron 1941-45

MAP 1: 418 Squadron Movements 1941-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)

418 Squadron History Summary 1941-45

418 Squadron History Summary 1941-45 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Harvard II, Mitchell, Expeditor, Silver Star, Otter, Twin Otter, Kingfisher)

The squadron re-formed at Edmonton, Alberta on 15 April 1946, flying North American B-5 Mitchell aircraft in a light bomber role. It moved to RCAF Station Namao, Alberta in 1955. In March 1958 it was reassigned to a light transport and emergency rescue role and was re-equipped with Beechcraft Expeditor and de Havilland Otter aircraft. Its duties ranged from aid to the civil power to aerial resupply. On 27 May 1967 it received a Squadron Standard for 25 years’ service. On 1 February 1968 the squadron was integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces as No. 418 “City of Edmonton” Air Reserve Squadron, and acquired de Havilland Twin Otter aircraft The squadron was disbanded in 1994, its aircraft being transferred to No 440 Transport Squadron.

418 Squadron was re-formed on March 13, 2019, The unit is based at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia as 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron, training aircrew and maintenance personnel on the CC-295 Kingfisher, using simulators and aircraft, when the aircraft are delivered.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑07‑31
Boston
Mk. III
W8326
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1944‑06‑01
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NS980
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ830
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑04‑28
Boston
III
Z2240
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑09
Boston
Mk. III
W8325
Wing Commander
KIA
1944‑03‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
LR270
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑15
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
RS571
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1942‑05‑03
Boston
Mk. III
W8340
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑03
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
LR268
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1942‑11‑08
Boston
Mk. III
 
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑08‑02
Boston
Mk. III
W8264
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑27
Boston
Mk. III
W8262
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑10‑22
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ198
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑07‑23
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR149
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑10
Boston
Mk. III
W8304
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑01
Boston
Mk. III
W8333
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ830
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑11‑08
Boston
Mk. III
W8358
Sergeant
KIFA
1986‑06‑14
Twin Otter
 
13807
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑23
Boston
Mk. III
W8394
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1942‑11‑30
Boston
III/Intruder
Z2165
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑02‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR151
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑27
Boston
Mk. III
W8262
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑18
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR351
Pilot Officer
KIFA
1952‑06‑30
Mitchell
B-25D / Mk. 2LB
HD323
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑10
Boston
Mk. III
W8304
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑06‑18
Boston
Mk. III
W8390
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑01‑29
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ722
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑20
Boston
Mk. III
W8261
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑05‑20
Boston
Mk. III
W8268
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑09‑29
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ823
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑02‑04
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ235
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑03
Boston
Mk. III
W8340
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑01‑02
Boston
Mk. III
W8292
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑04‑13
Boston
III
Z2210
Pilot Officer
KIA
1943‑06‑23
Boston
Mk. III
W8394
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑18
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR351
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8350
Pilot Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑13
Oxford
 
LB537
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑11‑08
Boston
Mk. III
W8358
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑06‑24
Boston
III
Z2171
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑06‑18
Boston
Mk. III
W8390
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑10‑22
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ198
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑01‑05
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NS830
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑31
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ394
Flying Officer
KIFA
1943‑10‑27
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HX817
Flight Sergeant
KIFA
1942‑04‑28
 
 
 
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑28
Boston
III
Z2240
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑05‑14
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NS855
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑10‑02
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ342
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑12
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ829
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑11‑01
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
LR327
Flying Officer
KIFA
1952‑06‑30
Mitchell
B-25D / Mk. 2LB
HD323
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑02‑22
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ388
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8350
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑19
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NT140
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1943‑09‑29
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ823
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑10
Boston
Mk. III
W8304
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1943‑02‑08
Boston
Mk. III
W8380
Captain
KIFA
1986‑06‑14
Twin Otter
 
13807
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑07‑18
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR183
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑06‑24
Boston
III
Z2171
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑03‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
RS561
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑02‑25
Boston
Mk. III
W8335
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑01‑22
Mitchell
 
259
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑02‑13
Boston
III
AL766
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1942‑11‑30
Boston
III/Intruder
Z2165
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑10‑17
Boston
III
Z2186
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑17
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NT142
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
 
 
 
 
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1943‑11‑12
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ829
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑08‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8350
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑08‑19
Boston
Mk. III
W8298
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑01‑03
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
LR268
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑09‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8331
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑04‑09
Boston
Mk. III
W8325
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑23
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR342
Flying Officer
KIFA
1952‑06‑30
Mitchell
B-25D / Mk. 2LB
HD323
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑26
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ458
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑07‑31
Boston
Mk. III
W8326
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑02‑25
Boston
Mk. III
W8335
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑01‑22
Mitchell
 
259
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑04‑01
Boston
Mk. III
W8333
Flying Officer
KIFA
1952‑06‑30
Mitchell
B-25D / Mk. 2LB
HD323
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑07‑31
Boston
Mk. III
W8326
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑09‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8331
Captain
KIFA
1986‑06‑14
Twin Otter
 
13807
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑06‑18
Boston
Mk. III
W8390
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑10‑06
Boston
Mk. III
W8359
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑08‑02
Boston
Mk. III
W8264
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1942‑04‑13
Boston
III
Z2210
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑01‑13
Oxford
 
LB537
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑20
Boston
Mk. III
W8268
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑01
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NS980
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑06‑23
Boston
Mk. III
W8394
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑02‑11
Mosquito
NF.Mk. II
HJ715
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑20
Boston
Mk. III
W8261
Flying Officer
KIA
1945‑02‑16
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
RS516
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1945‑03‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
RS561
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑07‑31
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HX808
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1942‑09‑17
Boston
Mk. III
W8331
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑19
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NT140
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑09‑30
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
NS906
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑21
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HJ742
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑03
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HR179
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑10‑06
Boston
Mk. III
W8359
Flying Officer
KIFA
1955‑01‑22
Mitchell
 
259
Flying Officer
KIA
1942‑06‑24
Boston
III
Z2171
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑05‑03
Boston
Mk. III
W8340
Squadron Leader
KIA
1942‑11‑18
Boston
Mk. III
W8342
Sergeant
KIA
1942‑05‑03
Boston
Mk. III
W8340
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
1944‑10‑02
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
PZ342
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑05‑18
Boston
Mk. III
W8318
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑09
Mosquito
F.Mk. VI
HX811

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