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Heavy Conversion Units
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1662 HCU
1665 HCU
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1668 HCU
21 HGCU

Advanced Flying Schools
201 AFS

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12 AFU
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Conversion Units
(Fighter)
6 OTU
53 OTU

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228 OCU
230 OCU

Air Armament Schools
1 AAS
2 AAS
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Other schools
1 Gp Aircrew School
1 Ground Defence School
1 Air Observers School
Central Gunnery School
5 Gp Anti Air School

Other units
Bomber Command
Coastal Command
Fighter Command
HQ No 5 Group
HQ No 23 Group
1485 Gunnery Flight
2782 Defence Sqn
178 Support Unit
399 Signals Unit
Nationality based Sqns

Updated: 15 Jul 04

Formed: 20 Aug 1941

Disbanded: 15 May 1945

Squadron was based at:

RAF St Eval :: Apr 1942 - May 1942

RAF Thorney Island :: 20 Aug 1941 - Apr 1942; May 1942 - Jun 1942; Jun 1942 -

RAF North Coates :: Jun 1942 - Aug 1942; Nov 1943 - May 1944 (detachment)

RAF Wick :: Aug 1942 - Sep 1942

RAF Leuchars :: Sep 1942 - Nov 1942

Squadron code: GX, NH

Aircraft operated:

Beaufort I :: Sep 1941 - Feb 1942

Hampden :: Jan 1942 - Nov 1943

Wellington MkXIII :: Sep 1943 - Jul 1944

Albacore I :: Oct 1943 - Jul 1944

Halifax MkIII/VII :: Jul 1944 - May 1945

415 Sqn RCAF formed at Thorney Island on 20 Aug 1941. It served with Coastal Command in the torpedo bomber role until summer 1944. It was equipped with Hampden until Nov 1943 and operated in this role from RAF Thorney Island, RAF St Eval, RAF North Coates, RAF Wick and RAF Leuchars.

In Oct 1943 the squadron re-equipped with Wellington and Albacore and moved to RAF Birch Newton, specialising in the hunt for E- and R-boats. Later it flew night patrols in the English Channel in the run up to Op OVERLORD. On D-Day 415 Sqn lay smoke screens. In Jul 1944 with No 6 (RCAF) Group of Bomber Command stood up, the Sqn was transfered on to RCAF East Moor to rerole as a Halifax heavy-bomber sqn. It flew a total 104 missions in 9 months with 6 Gp on Halifax Mk III and Halifax Mk VII. The squadron was disbanded May 1945.

415 Torpedo Bomber Sqn RCAF flew exclusively from British airfields during its 4-year initial formation in the Second World War and was the RCAF's only torpedo sqn. It subsequently reformed on 1 May 1961 as 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, moving to CFB Greenwood on 1 Jul 1981 where it remains today.

Battle Honours

Atlantic 1942,
English Channel and North Sea 1942 - 1945,
France and Germany 1944 - 1945
Ruhr 1944 - 1945,
Rhine German Ports 1944 - 1945,
Normandy 1944,
Biscay 1942 - 1943

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415 Sqn page on Canadian Defence website

415 Sqn RCAF on RCAF.com

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