BREAKING NEWS: 415 STANDARD WILL BE ON PARADE 05 JUNE 2015
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
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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