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437 "Husky" Squadron (RCAF)

Omnia Passim - King George VI, April 1945
Adopted By: Hudson's Bay Company, Winnipeg, MB

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Dakota III, IV)

No. 437 was the 32nd RCAF squadron formed overseas in WWII. It was the first of three transport squadrons. It was inaugurated on September 14, 1944 at Blakehill Farm, Wiltshire, England . It flew Dakota aircraft, and its first operation was MARKET GARDEN, the airborne assault on Arnhem. It carried airborne troops and later was involved in resupply missions to the beleaguered Allied forces, losing 4 out of 10 aircraft involved. On 24 March 1945 the squadron took part in the airborne crossing of the Rhine river at Wesel (Operation VARSITY), towing 24 Horsa gliders with troops and equipment. After the end of hostilities the squadron provided transport services for Canadian units in Britain and Europe. It was finally disbanded at Odiham, Hampshire on June 15, 1946.

Overall, the squadron flew11,625 sorties, adding up to 32,355 operational hours. 14 aircraft were lost and 17 aircrew, of whom 2 were killed, 14 missing and 1 wounded. Awards gained by the squadron were 1 OBE, 8 DFCs, 2 AFCs 1 DFM, 1 MiD and 3 King's Commendations. Battle Honours were France and Germany 1944-45, Arnhem, Rhine.Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Maps for Movements of 437 Squadron 1944-46

MAP 1: 437 Squadron Movements 1944-46 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)
MAP 2: 437 Squadron Movements in Europe 1944-46 (detail of Map 1)

437 Squadron History Summary 1944-46

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Yukon, Husky, Polaris)

The squadron was reformed at Trenton, Ontario on 1 October 1961. It has remained at Trenton ever since. It was originally equipped with CC-106 Yukon. It was re-equipped with the CC-137 Husky (modified Boeing 707) in 1972. While operating the Husky it provided Air to Air Refueling in addition to transport services. Two aircraft out of the fleet of five were modified to serve as refueling tankers in mid-1972 to meet a requirement to support the CF-5 tactical fighter. At the end of the useful life of the B707 in 1997, 437 Squadron was equipped with modified Airbus A-310 aircraft (CC-150 Polaris). The Squadron’s primary roles are long-range transport of personnel and equipment, air-to-air refueling of fighter aircraft and VIP transport. The Squadron occasionally performs aeromedical evacuation roles. Two CC-150 air-to-air refueling tankers were deployed to support Operation MOBILE during the 2011 military intervention in Libya. Canadian CF-188 fighter jets that enforce the no-fly zone over Libya under Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR were refueled by 437 Squadron.

437 Transport Squadron frequently supports government dignitaries while on official visits, including the Prime Minister of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II during Royal tours of Canada. In June and July 2011 the squadron provided transportation for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they toured Canada and the United States.

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EventDate ⬆⬇
Aircraft ⬆⬇
 
Serial ⬆⬇
Squadron Leader
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG387
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG489
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG489
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG489
Flight Sergeant
Died
1945‑12‑03
 
 
 
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑23
Dakota
Mk. III
KG315
Flight Lieutenant
PoW
 
 
 
 
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
PoW
1944‑10‑24
Dakota
Mk. III
FZ655
Pilot Officer
PoW
 
 
 
FZ656
Pilot Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG376
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG387
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑09‑23
Dakota
Mk. III
KG315
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑23
Dakota
Mk. III
KG315
Warrant Officer 1st Class
KIA
1944‑09‑23
Dakota
Mk. III
KG315
Flight Sergeant
KIA
1944‑10‑24
Dakota
Mk. III
FZ655
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
KIA
1944‑10‑24
Dakota
Mk. III
FZ655
Flying Officer
KIA
1944‑09‑21
Dakota
Mk. III
KG489
Pilot Officer
1945‑12‑18
 
 
 

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