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It has been confirmed that 415 Squadron will be reformed as a tactical level force development squadron. 415 Squadron will incorporate the former Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit, 14 Software Engineering Squadron and the LRP Advanced Training Flight. At 1000 on Friday 05 June 2015 a parade will take place in front of the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, at which time the Squadron will be reformed and the 30th Commanding Officer will be installed. All former Squadron members are invited to attend the various events that have been programmed in anticipation of this announcement. These events include a VPI BBQ on Thursday 04 June and a Mixed Mess Dinner on Friday 05 June.

Despite the late notice, this is a most welcome development. Over the past ten years, the 415 Squadron Association has worked diligently to be ready for this day. Recently the Association Executive has held discussions with the team charged to oversee the transition, which will lead to the fourth era of the Swordfish Squadron. How the Association will support the Squadron and vice-versa will need to be determined. As a large portion of the Association mandate has been realized, there will be a need to revise the 415 Squadron Association Constitution. These issues will be discussed at the Association General Meeting scheduled for 1400 on 05 June at the 14 Wing Mess. AGENDA

It would be wonderful to see a large turnout from the Association Alumni to mark this historical event.


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 "ready" crew.

 An Argus Tour Remembered

In this 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 Swordfish history.


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Pilot Officer Daniel Joseph Heffernan

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Flight Lieutenant John Abram Enns DFC

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