Volume 4: Operational Flying Squadrons

405 Maritime Patrol Squadron

405 Maritime Patrol Squadron Badge

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BADGE

Description

Argent an eagle's head erased proper sinister holding in its beak a sprig of three maple leaves Vert.

Significance

The motto refers to the fact that this was the first bomber squadron overseas, and the only pathfinder force squadron. The eagle's head, facing to the sinister to suggest leadership, is derived from the pathfinder badge.

MOTTO

DUCIMUS (We lead)

BATTLE HONOURS

The Second World War

FORTRESS EUROPE, 1941-1944; FRANCE AND GERMANY, 1944-1945; Biscay Ports, 1941-1945; Ruhr, 1941-1945; Berlin, 1941, 1943-1944; German Ports, 1941-1945; Normandy, 1944; Walcheren; Rhine; BISCAY, 1942-1943.

LINEAGE

Authorized as 'No.405 (Bomber) Squadron' 23 April 1941.1
Disbanded 30 September 1945.2
Reformed as ‘405 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron’ 1 April 1947.3
Disbanded 1 October 1947.4
Reformed as '405 (Maritime Reconnaissance) Squadron' 31 March 1950.5
Redesignated '405 Maritime Patrol Squadron' 17 July 1956.6

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The Second World War

The squadron flew on night bombing operations in Great Britain under 'Bomber Command'. It carried out the Royal Canadian Air Forces' first bombing sorties on 12/13 June 1941. It also flew anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay while on loan to 'Coastal Command'.8

SQUADRON STANDARD

405 Maritime Patrol Squadron

1. AFRO 1296/45, Appendix “B”; Loose minute/Note d'accompagnement 8662/D of O, 15 April 1941, Kardex 181.006 (D284)

2. Organization Order 309, 2 October 1945, file/dossier S.85-7-9 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5335)

3. Organization Order 855, 17 February 1947, file/dossier 192-10-9/405 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

4. Amendment List No 1 to Organization Order 855, 14 October 1947, file/dossier 192-10-9/405 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

5. Organization Order 2/50, 14 February 1950, file/dossier 895-8/405 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, Accn 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

6. Amendment List 2 to Organization Order 9.2.2, 17 July 1956, file/dossier 895-9/405 (DOE), NAC/AN, RG/GE 24, 83-84/216, box/boîte 3022

7. CFOO/OOFC 2.2.2, 8 September/septembre 1977, file/dossier 1901-2555 (DMCO)

8. Order of Detail No 10, 22 July 1941, no file number/aucun numéro de dossier, Kardex 181.006 (D284); Memorandum/Note de service, 405 Squadron to/à Air Vice-Marshal Edwards, 6 May 1942, file/dossier 4055/S1/Air, Kardex 181.006 (D284); Information Memorandum No 118, 23 May 1945, file/dossier S.2-3-405 (DAS), Kardex 181.006 (D284); Directorate of Public Relations Release No 6574, PRF/DRP R S7 405

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