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No. 8 Squadron

The No. 8 Squadron RCAF was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 14, 1936 as a general purpose squadron. The squadron moved to the Rockliffe Airport in Ottawa in February 1937.

It was mobilized as No. 8 (GR) Squadron in Sydney, Nova Scotia on September 10, 1939, where it was re-designated Bomber Reconnaissance. Equipped with Northrop Deltas and Bristol Bolingbrokes, the squadron was tasked with anti-submarine duty while serving the RCAF Eastern Air Command.

In December 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the squadron was moved to RCAF Station Sea Island on the West Coast of Canada as part of the RCAF Western Air Command.

In June 1942, in response to the Japanese attack on the Aleutians, it was moved to Alaska, flying the Britstol Bolingbroke V as part of RCAF X Wing.

The squadron returned to RCAF Station Sea Island in March 1943. Having converted to Lockheed Ventura GR.V in May 1943, the squadron continued with anti-submarine duty based from RCAF Station Port Hardy and RCAF Station Patricia Bay.

No 8 Squadron was disbanded at Patricia Bay, British Columbia on May 25, 1945.

No. 8 Squadron

crown, buffalo in circle, no 8 squadron badge

Photo: Wikipedia

Active February 14, 1936 - May 25, 1945
Role Bomber Reconnaissance
Motto "Determined to Defend"
Battle Honours North West Atlantic 1939-1941
Pacific Coast 1941-1945
Aleutians, 1943
Aircraft flown Northrop Deltas
and
Bristol Bolingbrokes

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