415 Squadron Association
F/O Neil Conner describes how he became an Amputee
WWll Veteran Neil Conner served in Bomber Command as a navigator with 415 Squadron, 6 Group, RCAF. He was assigned to F/O McFadden's crew, which flew 13 operational missions before being shot down on 05 January 1945 during a night raid on Hannover. Of the seven member crew, only four members successfully parachuted. They were all captured however F/O Connor had been seriously injured This interview, taped shortly before Neil passed away on June 10, 2012 describes how he was injured and lost his leg below the knee after his Halifax bomber was shot down over Germany. After the war, he devoted many years of service to the Ottawa Branch of The War Amps. Video
Fifty years ago a Swordfish crew were faced with a most unusual flight safety occurrence. While conducting an operational patrol to replace a datum buoy, Flight Lieutenant (F/Lt) Andre Normand and crew were operating at low level south of Nova Scotia. Suddenly the aircraft elevator jammed and their Argus, CP-107712, pitched up. Quickly assessing the situation, F/Lt Normand and co-pilot F/Lt Jean Roy kept the aircraft under control by entering a bank and applying the elevator trim. A MAYDAY was declared and the crew donned their emergency equipment, whilst F/Lt Normand made for land.
Throughout the two hours it took before the aircraft could be safely landed, the crew acted as a team preparing themselves for any number of outcomes. Excess fuel and stores were dumped. Excellent support was provided by Moncton ATC and Maritime HQ. The aircraft was intercepted and escorted by another Argus and a CP-121 Tracker. A flawless flapless landing was executed at CFB Chatam due to adverse winds at CFB Greenwood and CFB Summerside.
A Flight Safety Good Show was awarded to F/Lts Normand and Roy who displayed sound technical knowledge and cool judgement in dealing with this highly unusual emergency. As reported in the Flight Comment July-August edition of 1967, the calm yet decisive action of the Aircraft Captain and the competence and support of the entire crew brought this incident to a successful conclusion. For a more detailed account of this incident, please read “Dinghy!Dinghy!Dinghy! Prepare for Ditching” a written account by Peter Rowlands, which he has shared with the 415 Squadron Association. STORY
2017 EAST MOOR CEREMONY Saturday 20 May 2017 Executive Meeting Nov 2016 ROD
"Flight Sergeant Steward joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve. Following training he was assigned to 415 Squadron. The Squadron had recently been formed at Thorney Island and he was assigned to Pilot Officer Wathen's crew. Unfortunately the crew was lost during operations on 17 May 1943. Learn more about Flight Sergeant Steward by reading the attached short story. A new War Memorial, which is being raised in his home town of Capel St Mary, Ipswich, Co Suffolk, will bear his name. The organizers (www.capelmemorial.org.uk) plan to dedicate the memorial on 11 November 2018. Harold's sacrifice is remembered".