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No. 11 Squadron

Joe

Formed as a Bomber Reconnaissance unit at Rockcliffe (Ottawa), Ontario on 3 October 1939, the squadron flew Hudson and Liberator aircraft on East Coast anti-submarine duty until May 1945, when it was transferred to the West Coast. It was disbanded at Patricia Bay (Vancouver), British Columbia on 15 September 1945.

8 DFC's, 1 AFC, 1 DFM, 5 MiD's

Aircraft
  • Lockheed Hudson
    • Unit Code OY; Hudson Mk I (Oct 1939 - Jul 1942) 759, 763 OY-F, 773 OY-O, 785 OY-U
  • Lockheed Hudson
    • Unit Code KL; Hudson Mk III (Mar 1942 - Sept 1944) BW403 S, BW453 L, BW454 K, BW618 Q, BW621 Z, BW622 A, BW623 K, BW627 X, BW632 X, BW644 H, BW646 F, BW649 D, BW658 M, BW660 A, BW685 T, BW712 E, BW716 W, BW717 L, BW718 O, BW719 N, BW724 P
  • Consolidated Liberator
    • Unit Code KL; Liberator Mk III, V & G.R. Mk VI (Jul 43 - Sept 1945) 3704 Z, 3709 E, 3711 B, 3712 P, 3714 A, 3715 F, 3716 D, 3717 I, 3718 J, 3719 N, 3720 Q, 3721 S, 3722 C, 3723 R, 3724 T, 3725 H, 3727 T, 3728 J, 3730 S, 3731 F, 3733 L, 3737 Z, 11120 U, 11121 X
Historical Achievements

First Mission 10 November 1939, Hudson 761 from Dartmouth with S/L A. Lewis and crew - naval co-operation height finding and sighting practice for the anti-aircraft guns. of HM Ships Repulse and Furious, and shore batteries at Halifax.

Last Mission 11 August 1945, Liberator 3715 "H" from Patricia Bay with F/O D.L. Craig and crew - anti-submarine sweep. (The squadron flew an additional 23 meteorological sorties, the last on 12 September 1945 by F/0 J.M. Clark and crew in Liberator 3730 "S".)

Summary

  • Sorties: 5098
  • Operational/Non-Operational Flying Hours: 25,386/13,377
  • Victories: None 10 U-Boat sightings, 8 Attacks
  • Casualties: Operational: 4 aircraft, 12 aircrew missing Non-Operational: 13 aircraft; 25 aircrew, 7 passengers killed


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