In 2016, the Royal Canadian Air Force is commemorating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, one of the largest air training programs the world has ever seen. A number of the RCAF’s 400-series squadrons, which came into being as a result of Article XV of the BCATP agreement, are also celebrating their 75th anniversaries this year.
By Warrant Officer David Rowe
406 Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary on the weekend of May 13-14, 2016. Past and present members and their families joined in the festivities, which took place at the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.
“The true character of the unit derives, of course, from the people who come and go and leave their mark upon the unit,” said Colonel Peter Allan, commanding officer of 12 Wing.
The squadron was formed at Aklington, United Kingdom, on May 10, 1941, as Canada’s first night fighter squadron. In late 1944, the squadron’s role changed to that of “intruder” and it became Fighter Command’s most successful intruder squadron.
Against a backdrop of Second World War aircraft, the squadron Colours were uncased and marched past the Maritime Helicopter Training Centre for the first time in seven years. The squadron also welcomed its new honorary colonel, Vice-Admiral (retired) Duncan “Dusty” Miller”.
Each year, 406 Squadron trains hundreds of air crew and technicians to ensure that 12 Wing has the personnel ready to serve as “Wings for the Fleet” aboard Royal Canadian Navy ships on the east and…