Today in aviation history – August 20, 1941

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415 Squadron

RCAF No. 415 Squadron was formed at Thorney Island, Hampshire, on August 20, 1941, and until the summer of 1944 had a torpedo-bomber role and served with Coastal Command.  Originally flying Beaufort I’s, it progressed through Hampdens, Wellingtons, Albacores and Halifax bombers.

The squadron was disbanded in 1945 and re-formed in 1981 to fly CP-107 Argus, CP-140 Aurora and CP-140A Arcturus reconnaissance aircraqft based out of Summerside, PEI.  The 415th made an appearance at the 2008 Wings and Wheels Heritage Festival for the Canadian Air & Space Museum.

CP-140A Arcturus One of my shots of the CP-140A on its arrival.