No. 424 Squadron RCAF


No. 424 Squadron RCAF

No. 424 Squadron RCAF or 424 Squadron (Tiger) is a search and rescue/transport Squadron of the Canadian Forces and based out of Hangar # 9 with the 8 Wing at CFB Trenton.

History

The 424 Squadron was formed on 15 October 1942 as 424 Bomber Squadron at Topcliffe, England. It fought in Tunisia during World War II anad disbanded on 15 October 1945.

On April 15, 1946, the squadron was reformed at RCAF Station Hamilton as the 424 Light Bomber Squadron (Auxiliary). On September 19, 1952, the squadron was given the title "City of Hamilton" designation. The squadron was disbanded for a second time on March 31, 1964.

The third reincarnation took place on July 8, 1968 when the 424 Communications and Rescue Squadron was created at CFB Trenton, where they remain today.

Current Role

The 424 squadron today is responsible for search and rescue operations in the Trenton Search and Rescue Region (Quebec, Ontario, the Prairie Provinces and the entire Arctic). The squadron also provides transport capabilities in the region. The squadron is equipped with the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

External links

* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/8wing/squadron/424_e.asp Official web site]


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