No. 5 Squadron RCAF

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No. 5 Squadron RCAF
Active1934-1945
Disbanded15 July 1945
Country Canada
BranchAir Force Ensign of Canada (1941-1968).svg Royal Canadian Air Force
RoleBomber Reconnaissance
Part ofRCAF Eastern Air Command
Nickname(s)Gannet
Motto(s)VOLANDO VINCIMUS - "By Flying We Conquer"
EngagementsSecond World War
Battle honoursNorth West Atlantic, 1939-1945[1]

No. 5 Squadron RCAF was a Royal Canadian Air Force squadron that was active during the Second World War. It was primarily used in an anti-submarine role with Eastern Air Command and was based at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Gander, Newfoundland, Torbay, Newfoundland, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Sydney, Nova Scotia. The squadron flew the Supermarine Stranraer, Consolidated Canso and Consolidated Catalina before disbanding on 15 July 1945.[2]

History[edit]

No. 5 (Flying Boat) Squadron was formed at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia by the 16 April 1934 consolidation of Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 Detachments in The Maritimes, which had been formed at Ottawa in 1932. Equipped with the Fairchild 71, the squadron flew anti-smuggling and -illegal immigration patrols in support of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.[3]

Victories[edit]

  • 4 May 1943 - U-209[4]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Kostenuk, Samuel; Griffin, John (1977). RCAF: Squadron Histories and Aircraft, 1924–1968. Canadian War Museum Historical Publication No. 14. Sarasota/Toronto: Samuel Stevens/Hakkert & Company. ISBN 0-88866-577-6.