Canadian Wings :: The History & Heritage of the Royal Canadian Air Force

No. 162 Squadron

Osprey

Formed as a Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on May 19, 1942 with Canso A aircraft, the squadron spent an uneventful eighteen months on East Coast anti-submarine duty. In January 1944 it was lent to RAF Coastal Command and stationed in Iceland to cover the mid-ocean portion of the North Atlantic shipping route. During June and July, the squadron operated from Wick, Scotland and scored a series of brilliant sucesses by sinking four German submarines, and sharing a fifth, that were attempting to break through the North Transit Area to attack the Allied D-Day invasion fleet. In one of these engagements F/L D.E. Hornell won the Victoria Cross. The Squadron was disbanded at Sydney, Nova Scotia on August 7, 1945.

1 VC, 2 DSO's, 2 MBE's, 16 DFC's, 3 AFC's, 4 DFM's, 1 BEM, 21 MiD's

Aircraft

Canso A (May 1942 - August 1945)

Historical Achievements
  • Sorties: 2100
  • Operational Flying Hours: 22,586
  • Non-operational Flying Hours: 7541
  • Victories: U-boat: 5 sunk, 1 shared, 1 damaged
  • Casualties: Operational: 6 aircraft; 34 aircrew, of whom 17 were killed, 17 missing Non-operational: 3 aircraft; 8 killed.


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