RCAF 415 Squadron Swordfish

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Lots of information on that squadron on the Internet.

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415 Squadron has a long history.

No. 415 « Swordfish » Squadron was a RCAF Squadron, based in Britain and under RAF operational command. The squadron was formed on 20 August 1941 as a torpedo-bomber squadron within Coastal Command, operating a mix of Beauforts, Blenheims and Hampdens over the next two years. The squadron carried out anti-submarine patrols from February 1942 and shipping strikes from May, initially with bombs but later with torpedoes.

In September 1943 the squadron converted to the Leigh Light Wellington, and the Albacore, operating the two types in tandem. The Wellingtons would locate German E-Boats and the Albacores would attack them. Over the next year the squadron sank a number of E-Boats, enemy merchant ships and larger warships.

In July 1944 the squadron converted to the Halifax, and joined No.6 (RCAF) of Bomber Command, taking part in…

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