No. 8 Squadron
Motto: Determined to Defend
Formed as a General Purpose unit at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 14 February 1936 by amalgamation of the General Purpose Flight and four General Purpose and Forestry Flights then operating in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the squadron moved to Rockcliffe (Ottawa), Ontario where, on 1 February 1937, it was reorganized as a photographic unit although its service designation remained unchanged., Alerted for hostilities on 26 August 1939, the unit recalled its photographic detachments from the field and proceeded to its war station at Sydney, Nova Scotia.' Mobilized on 10 September as a General Reconnaissance unit, and redesignated Bomber Reconnaissance on 31 October, it flew Delta and Bolingbroke aircraft on East Coast anti-submarine duty. In December 1941, after Japan had entered the war, it was transferred to the West Coast and, from June 1942 to March 1943, served in Alaska as part of the RCAF reinforcement to the United States Army Air Forces. The squadron was disbanded at Patricia Bay (Vancouver), British Columbia on 25 May 1945.
Formed as No. 8 (GP) Sqn, Winnipeg, Man. 14 Feb 36. Reorganized (though not redesignated) as a photographic unit, Rockcliffe, Ont. 1 Feb 37. Mobilized as No. 8 (CR) Sqn, Sydney, N. S. 10 Sep 39. Redesignated No. 8 (BR) Sqn 31 Oct 39. Disbanded at Patricia Bay, B. C. 25 May 45.
First Mission: September 12, 1939 Delta 674 from Sydney - anti-submarine patrol.
Last Mission: May 16, 1945 Ventura 2185 from Patricia Bay - anti-submarine patrol.
Bases of Operations
RCAF Station Winnipeg Feb 1936 - Feb 1937
RCAF Station Rockcliffe Feb 1937 - Aug 1939
Sydney, Nova Scotia Aug 1939 - Dec 1941
RCAF Station Sea Island Dec 1941 - Jun 1942
Elmendorf Army Airfield Jun 1942 - Mar 1943
RCAF Station Sea Island Mar - May 1943
RCAF Station Patricia Bay May 1943 - May 1945