415 Squadron re-established at 14 Wing Greenwood following a decade’s absence
“The deed is done,” said Colonel Iain Huddleston, commander of 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia. He repeated the phrase on several occasions on June 5, 2015, as a series of significant shifts for the long-range patrol community were signed into effect.
A ceremonial parade before the base museum’s air park witnessed the disbandment of 14 Software Engineering Squadron, the merging of its members with those of the Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit (MP&EU), and the renaming of MP&EU as 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron.
Memories of an Argus Patrol
Ken Wright was a member of 415 Squadron from 1964 to 1967 and during his military career flew over 3000 hours on the Argus. In this story, Ken takes the reader through the conduct of an 18 hour Argus flight over the North Atlantic. Crew 3, led by Captain Leslie Shumka, has been tasked to complete an open ocean surveillance search followed by a submarine exercise against a Canadian "Oberon" class submarine. Take-off was at 0400 and landing was at 2200.
Starting with the early
morning briefing through the post-flight informal de-brief at the
Officer's Mess, Ken provides a crew member's perspective of an Argus
mission. He shares insights on the crew dynamics, equipment and mission
execution, which were essential to build and maintain a "good" and
An Argus Tour Remembered
story Peter Rowland shares his experience as a Swordfish from 1964 to
1968. He recounts the training, mentoring and the special events that
occurred during his tour on 415 Squadron. As you read his story, it is
obvious that he enjoyed his time as an RCAF Maritime Patrol Pilot
particularly when he recalls, with some humour, the Swordfish with whom
he served on crew 1 and crew 3. On a Short Service Engagement, he
decided to move to “civy” street after one operational tour. For many
this will be a familiar story - one which no doubt is shared regardless
of the era in which you flew the Argus or Aurora. The 415 Squadron
Association thanks Peter for sharing and thereby adding to the recorded
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