No.419 Squadron

A moose attacking
Badge
A moose attacking
Motto
Moosa aswayita - Beware of the moose
Formed
15 December 1941
Disbanded
05 September 1945

No. 419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, was formed at RAF Mildenhall on 15 December 1941 as a bomber unit, named “Moose”, in No. 3 Group, Bomber Command. It became operational with Wellington medium bombers in January 1942 and commenced bombing missions over Europe. In November it converted to Halifax heavy bombers and joined No. 6 (RCAF) Group on its formation in January 1943. During March 1944 the squadron converted to Lancasters.

For his action during a bombing raid on Cambrai, France on 12 June 1944 Plt Off Andrew Charles Mynarski RCAF was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

After the end of the war in Europe the unit flew to Canada and it was disbanded on 5 September 1945 at Yarmouth, Canada.


AIRCRAFT

Wellington IC/III 1942 - 1942
Halifax II 1942 - 1944
Lancaster X 1944 - 1945


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald & Company 1964

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