Who was in the air on D-Day?

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) had 42 operational squadrons overseas on D-Day—June 6, 1944.

These 42 also included a Home War Establishment unit, 162 Squadron, which operated Canso aircraft; it had been “loaned” to Royal Air Force (RAF) Coastal Command. Of these 42 squadrons, 39 have the “Normandy” Battle Honour, meaning that they took part in combat operations either on D-Day or during the subsequent campaign.

Hundreds of Canadian aircraft were in the air on D-Day and thousands of RCAF men and women served in Canadian or other Commonwealth units. Of the 23 Canadian airmen who were killed on D-Day, seven served with RCAF squadrons. The remainder served with RAF squadrons and units.

Canadian squadrons in the air on D-Day

4002 Tactical Air Force/83 GroupOdiham, HampshireMosquito Mk XVI, Spitfire Mk XIBorden, Ont.
4012 Tactical Air Force/83 GroupTangmere, SussexSpitfire Mk IXBCold Lake, Alta.
4022 Tactical Air Force/83 GroupHorne, YorkshireSpitfire Mk IXBWinnipeg, Man.
4032 Tactical Air Force/19 GroupTangmere, SussexSpitfire Mk XVIGagetown, N.B.
404Coastal Command/19 GroupDavidstow Moor, CornwallBeaufighter Mk XCGreenwood, N.S.
405Bomber Command/8 (Pathfinder) GroupGransden Lodge, CambridgeshireLancaster Mk I/IIIGreenwood, N.S.
406Air Defence of Great Britain/10 GroupWinkleigh, DevonMosquito Mk XIIIShearwater, N.S.
407Coastal Command/19 GroupChievenor, Devon

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