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No. 113 Squadron

Authorized as No. 113 (Army Cooperation) Squadron (Aux) at Calgary, Alberta on January 1, 1937, the unit was redesignated No. 113 (Fighter) Squadron on November 15, 1937. Called out on voluntary full-time duty in August 1939, the squadrons organization was incomplete and it was disbanded on October 1st.

Re-formed as a Bomber Reconnaissance unit at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on 15 February 1942, the squadron flew Hudson and Ventura aircraft on East Coast anti-submarine duty until disbanded at Torbay, Newfoundland on 23 August 1944.

6 DFC's, 1 AFC, 16 MiD's

Aircraft
  • Lockheed Hudson
    • Unit Code Feb-May '42 BT, Jun-Oct '42 LM; Hudson Mk III (Feb 1942 - Apr 1943) BW403, BW447 BT-T, BW619-BW627
  • Lockheed-Vega Ventura
    • Unit Code Nil; Ventura G.R. Mk V (Apr 1943 - Aug 1945) 2142 C, 2144 O, 2145 H, 2152 N, 2157 W, 2183 D, 2235 E, 2248 B, 2267 K
Historical Achievements

First Mission: 25 March 1942, Hudson BW620 from Yarmouth with F/L W.J. Michalski and crew - special search.

Victory: U-Boat 31 July 1942, Hudson BW625 from Yarmouth with S/L N.E. Small and crew - sank U-754 southeast of Cape Sable (4302N 6452W), Eastern Air Command's first kill.

Last Mission: 16 August 1944, Ventura 2183 "O" from Torbay with F/0 W.E. Carnpbell and crew - escort to US convoy 1.40 N "jig" (2 motor vessels, 3 escorts).

Summary

Sorties: 2965

Operational/Non-operational Flying Hours: 14,764/5378.

Victory: U-boat: 1 sunk; 13 attacks on 22 sightings, dropped 45 250- and 1 600-pound depth charges.

Casualties: Operational: 3 aircraft; 12 aircrew killed or missing. Non-operational: 11 killed, 3 died of natural causes.



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