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413 'Tusker' Squadron
RCAF 413 Squadron Logo.jpg
Squadron badge
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Role Transport and Rescue
Aircraft flown C-130 Hercules, CH-149 Cormorant
Wing 14 Wing Greenwood
Base CFB Greenwood
Motto AD VIGILAMUS UNDIS (We watch the waves)
Call Sign Tusker
History
Date founded July 1941
Badge Elephant Head over a Maple Leaf
Notable Battle Honours Atlantic 1941-1943, Ceylon 1942, Eastern Waters 1942-1944
Previous Designation No. 13 Photographic Squadron RCAF

No. 413 Squadron RCAF is an air force squadron of the Canadian Forces. It was originally a flying boat squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. It currently operates the C-130 Hercules and the CH-149 Cormorant in transport plus search and rescue roles at CFB Greenwood

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History

Created as the third RCAF squadron attached to the RAF Coastal Command.

The squadron gained fame for the actions of Squadron Leader Leonard Birchall, who detected a large Japanese task force approaching Ceylon. This allowed time for the defenders to prepare, and foiled what could have been a major blow to the Royal Navy in the Indian Ocean. The squadron was disbanded in February 1945.

Reformed at RCAF Rockcliffe on April 1, 1947, it took over the duties of No. 13 (Photographic) squadron. It operated in this role until November 1, 1950.

Reformed again on August 1, 1951 as a fighter squadron at CFB Bagotville. Equipped with the F-86 Sabre they deployed to Zweibrucken, Germany. The squadron stood down on April 7, 1957 and was then reformed on May 1 operating the Avro CF-100 Canuck at CFB Bagotville. The squadron again disbanded on December 30, 1961.

The squadron was reactivated at RCAF Station Summerside on July 8, 1968 in its current role of a Transportation and Rescue Squadron. With the closure of CFB Summerside, the squadron relocated to CFB Greenwood on June 10, 1991.

On July 13, 2006, 413 Squadron suffered the first fatal crash of a Cormorant in Canadian service when a CH-149 (Aircraft 149914) based at CFB Greenwood crashed while conducting a night training exercise near Canso, Nova Scotia. Killed in the incident were Sgt. Duane Brazil, 39; Master Cpl. Kirk Noel, 33; and Cpl. Trevor McDavid, 31, four other crew members were injured.

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Bibliography

  • Baker, D.J. A History of 413 Squadron. Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 1997. ISBN 1-896182-77-1.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5. pp. 238-239.

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