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422 "Flying Yachtsmen" Squadron (RCAF)

This Arm Shall Do It - King George VI, October 1943

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Lerwick I, Catalina IB, III, VB, Sunderland III, Liberator VI, VIII)

No. 422 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron was the 19th RCAF squadron formed overseas in WWII. It was the 5th Coastal squadron, and was formed at Lough Erne, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland on April 2, 1942. It flew Consolidated Catalina and Short Sunderland flying boats on convoy support and anti-submarine patrols over the North Atlantic shipping routes. When hostilities ended in Europe, the squadron was re-designated a Transport (T) unit and was converting to Consolidated Liberator aircraft when hostilities terminated in the Far East. The squadron was then disbanded at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England on September 3, 1945.

In the course of its operations, the squadron flew 1116 operational sorties for the loss of 9 aircraft and 70 aircrew, of whom 11 were killed, 31 presumed dead, 6 injured and 22 rescued. The squadron is credited with 1 U-boat (U-625), sunk by the crew of Sunderland EK591 from St. Angelo. Ireland on 10 March 1940. The captain, WO2 W.F. Morton, was on his first operation. Awards to squadron members were 1 OBE, 1 MBE, 6 DFCs,1 BEM, 1 Air Medal (USA) and 22 MiD. Battle Honours were: Atlantic 1942-45, English Channel and North Sea 1944-45, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944-45, Arctic 1942.

Maps for Movements of 422 Squadron 1942-45

MAP 1: 422 Squadron Movements 1942-45 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)
MAP 2: 422 Squadron Movements 1942-45 (detail of Map 1)
MAP 3: Sinking of U-625

General Sinking of U-625

General 422 Squadron in the Battle of the Atlantic (RCAF Museum)

422 Squadron History Summary 1942-45

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Sabre Mk. 2, 4, 5, 6, Starfighter, Huey, Kiowa)

The squadron was re-formed as a Fighter unit at Uplands (Ottawa), Ontario on 1 January 1953 with Canadair Sabre aircraft, and joined No. 4 (Fighter) Wing at Baden-Soellingen, Germany in August. Its nickname was changed to "Tomahawk". Selected as one of eight Sabre units in No. 1 Air Division Europe to be re-equipped with CF-104 Starfighter aircraft for a nuclear strike role, it was deactivated on 15 April 1963 and reactivated as Strike Attack on 15 July. On 1 February 1968 the squadron was integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces. The squadron was deactivated in July, 1970. The squadron was reactivated as 422 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in January 1971, and remained a helicopter squadron until it was finally disbanded in August 1980.

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Nationality ⬆⬇
Name ⬆⬇
WarStatus ⬆⬇
EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Leading Aircraftman
KIA
1942‑12‑19
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6029
Flying Officer
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Corporal
1971‑12‑15
 
 
 
Flying Officer
KIFA
1956‑03‑02
Sabre
6
23439
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑11‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6031
Flying Officer
KIFA
1960‑08‑18
Sabre
6
23748
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Sergeant
Evader
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑05‑25
Sunderland
Mk. III
DD846
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Pilot Officer
KIA
1942‑12‑19
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6029
Sergeant
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑05‑25
Sunderland
Mk. III
DD846
Sergeant
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIFA
1957‑09‑02
Sabre
6
23493
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Sergeant
Evader
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Flight Lieutenant
KIFA
1967‑09‑11
Starfighter
CF-104
12791
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6031
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑02‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6028
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1943‑05‑25
Sunderland
Mk. III
DD846
Flying Officer
KIVA
1945‑05‑13
 
 
 
Flight Sergeant
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6031
Flight Lieutenant
KIFA
1956‑12‑10
Sabre
6
23533
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Died
1944‑10‑23
 
 
 
Captain
KIFA
1977‑02‑17
Kiowa
 
136265
Pilot Officer
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIFA
1954‑11‑29
Sabre
5
23003
Flying Officer
Evader
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Sergeant
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑05‑25
Sunderland
Mk. III
DD846
Flying Officer
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flying Officer
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1942‑12‑19
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6029
Flying Officer
KIFA
1957‑06‑12
Sabre
6
23397
Flight Lieutenant
KIA
1943‑10‑17
Sunderland
Mk. III
JM712
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑05‑24
Sunderland
Mk. III
DV990
Sergeant
Survived
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175
Sergeant
KIFA
1977‑02‑17
Kiowa
 
136265
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑10‑17
Sunderland
Mk. III
JM712
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6031
Captain
KIFA
1968‑06‑19
Starfighter
CF-104
12874
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1943‑05‑25
Sunderland
Mk. III
DD846
Flying Officer
KIA
1943‑11‑20
Sunderland
Mk. III
W6031
Flying Officer
Evader
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Flying Officer
PoW
1944‑06‑08
Halifax
B/A.Mk.III
LW582
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
Mk. III
NJ175

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