415 Squadron Association
On the 7th of December 2000, Stan Wilson took part in the Canadian War Museum Oral History Project. He was one of fifty World War Two veterans who were interviewed in 2000. The interview recounts what prompted him to join the RCAF, how he became a navigator, how his crew was formed and their assignment to 415 Squadron.
Arriving in England during the summer of 1944, Stan became the navigator on the Minkler Halifax Crew. During his interview he discussed the many challenges that his crew faced whist conducting 28 operational missions, which were flown between mid-January and mid-April 1945. In August 1945, he returned to Ottawa eventually building a home, in which he resided until 2010. He maintained contact with a number of his wartime crew members, often meeting them throughout the years.
Stan died peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family on 30 June 2016, at the age of 91. He is remembered as homebody who supported his children's and grandchildren's endeavours and adventures wherever they wanted to explore. He loved sports, music, books, chatting with family, and spending time with both old and new friends.
To read a text of Stan’s Oral History interview please click here:
CALL FOR ASSISTANCE – ARGUS CREW LIST PROJECT
In 2016 the 415 Squadron Association decided to compile a complete list of 415 Argus crews. Initial study to further this project highlighted a lack of available reference material. Using Squadron Historical reports and reviewing historical artefacts held on the Squadron, some crew information has been uncovered and also a few crew photographs.
To further this project, it has been decided to work in two phases: Phase1 1961-1969 and Phase2 1970-1981. An initial compilation for Phase1 has been developed and can be viewed at Phase1. Line crews are listed for each year and if available the crew commander’s name is provided.
The ultimate objective is to list all crew members and include a crew photograph. The listing is incomplete and will be updated as related crew information becomes available.
Members of the Swordfish Alumni and visitors to this website are encouraged to forward information as well as crew photographs, which will assist in making the Argus Crew lists complete and accurate.
Work on ARGUS CREWS Phase 2 is now underway. Crew lists and photographs for Phase 2 (70-81) would also be gratefully accepted.
This story is about F/Lt McBride who survived three potential life threatening events: the crash of his Hampden aircraft, the consequences of being caught as a participant in the "great escape" and the hardship of a POW forced march in the middle of winter. Capturing this piece of 415 history was made possible through the welcomed collaboration of the McBride family.
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DINGHY! DINGHY! DINGHY!
Motivated by circumstance and fuelled by adrenalin, four Pilots, two Flight Engineers, three Navigators and seven Radio Officers became quickly reacquainted with their emergency procedures checklists, paying particular attention to the one about ditching—landing on the water and transferring to inflatable rafts. While a lucky few had once flown in a floatplane, no one aboard this 150,000-pound behemoth had ever been forced to land on water in a wheel-driven airplane that had no floats … on any kind of water.
The Honourable Laurie Hawn, former Member of Parliament for Edmonton North and Commanding Officer of a Hornet Squadron, contacted our Association to advise that he had seen a headstone for F/O W. L. MacKay in of all places Tamsui, Taiwan. F/O Mackay and the rest of his 415 Crew were killed in a training accident near RAF Station Thorney Island on 12 March 1942.