415 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION10th ANNIVERSARY INVITATION
This summer will mark ten years since the stand down of the Squadron and the formation of the 415 Squadron Association. Despite the closure, the Squadron’s record of service continues to be showcased by the Association. Over the years the Squadron History has been enhanced and is now available on CD, many stories have been shared and recorded, the Squadron artifacts have been catalogued and safeguarded, and a website has been maintained. The Association successfully represented the Squadron during the 70th Anniversary Ceremony in Greenwood and has collaborated with various units to ensure a 415 Squadron presence at memorial events. Today the Association has over 125 members and is in good financial standing.
To celebrate the Association’s Tenth Anniversary it has been decided to ask Alumni members to meet in Greenwood on Friday 05 June 2015. It can be expected that an Association General Meeting will be held and a Meet and Greet arranged. The 14 Wing Commander, Colonel Iain Huddleston, has agreed to provide an update on CP140 Aurora operations. Also there is the potential that a significant but yet to be announced Wing activity may take place at the same time.
The intent of this notice is to invite you to participate and help celebrate our shared experience as members of 415 Squadron. In due course a Schedule of Events and an Agenda for the Association General Meeting will be published and placed on the Association Website: www.415sqn.com It can be expected that periodic updates will also be issued. If you will be able to participate please let us know by responding to JEFFREY.MCBEAN@forces.gc.ca
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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