- No. 407 Squadron RCAF
407 Maritime Patrol Squadron (abbreviated 407 MP Sqn) is a maritime patrol squadron of the
Canadian Forces. It is located at 19 Wing Comox, on Vancouver Island, British Columbiaoperating the CP-140 Aurora.
No. 407 Coastal Strike
Squadronwas formed at Thorney Island, Englandon the 8 May 1941, first training on the Bristol Blenheim. It was one of seven RCAF units to serve with RAF Coastal Command. The squadron's wartime history can be divided into two periods. From September 1941 to January 1943, the squadron operated as a"strike" squadron attacking enemy shipping with the Lockheed Hudson. It was as a strike squadron that it won its reputation and its nickname "The Demon Squadron". On 29 January 1943it was re-designated 407 General ReconnaissanceSquadron, and for the remainder of the war it protected friendly shipping from the U-Boatthreat operating the Vickers Wellington.
The squadron was disbanded at the end of the
Second World Waron 4 June 1945. On 1 July 1952the squadron was reactivated at RCAF Station Comoxas 407 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron flying the Avro Lancaster. On 17 July 1956it was renamed as a Maritime Patrol Squadron.
The squadron has served continuously in Comox since 1952 flying the Lancaster, P2V-7 Neptune, and
CP-107 Argus. On 28 June 1975, the squadron was present its Standard by the Honourable Walter Owen, Q.C. L.L.D. Lieutenant Governorof British Columbia. Today, 407 Squadron flies the updated CP-140 Auroraon coastal patrol, anti-submarineand long range patrol duties.
*Lieutenant-Colonel Fred Bigelow: 2002 - 2004
*Lieutenant-Colonel Ormsby: 2004 - 2006
*Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Hogan: 2006 - 2008
*Lieutenant-Colonel Mario Leblanc: 2008 -
* The Demon Squadron, 407 Squadron in War and Peace, published as at the presentation of the Squadron Standard
* [http://www.airforce.forces.ca/hist/407sqn_e.asp DND - History of 407 Squadron]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/19wing/squadron/407_e.asp 19 Wing's Website 407 Squadron Webpage]
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