413 Transport and Rescue Squadron

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413 Transport and Rescue Squadron
RCAF 413 Squadron Logo.jpg
Squadron badge
Active 1941-1945
1968- present
Country Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Air Force
Role Transport and rescue
Part of 14 Wing Greenwood
Home station CFB Greenwood
Nickname(s) Tusker
Motto(s) Ad vigilamus undis
("We watch the waves")
Battle honours
  • Atlantic 1941-1943
  • Ceylon 1942
  • Eastern Waters 1942-1944
Squadron Badge Elephant head over a maple leaf
Aircraft flown
Fighter F-86 Sabre, Avro CF-100
Patrol PBY Catalina
Transport C-130 Hercules
CH-149 Cormorant

413 Transport and Rescue Squadron is an air force squadron of the Canadian Armed Forces. It was originally a flying boat squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. It currently operates the C-130 Hercules and the CH-149 Cormorant in transport plus search and rescue roles at CFB Greenwood.


413 Squadron was created as the third RCAF squadron attached to the RAF Coastal Command and equipped with PBY Catalina flying boats. The squadron gained fame for the actions of Squadron Leader Leonard Birchall, who detected a large Japanese task force approaching Ceylon. This allowed time for the defenders to prepare, and foiled what could have been a major blow to the Royal Navy in the Indian Ocean. The squadron was disbanded in February 1945.

Reformed at RCAF Rockcliffe on April 1, 1947, it took over the duties of No. 13 (Photographic) Squadron. It operated in this role until November 1, 1950.

The squadron reformed again on August 1, 1951, as a fighter squadron at CFB Bagotville. Equipped with the F-86 Sabre they deployed to Zweibrücken, Germany. The squadron stood down on April 7, 1957, and was then reformed on May 1 operating the Avro CF-100 Canuck at Bagotville. The squadron again disbanded on December 30, 1961.

The squadron was reactivated at CFB Summerside on July 8, 1968, in its current role of a Transportation and Rescue Squadron. With the closure of Summerside, the squadron relocated to CFB Greenwood on June 10, 1991.

On July 13, 2006, 413 Squadron suffered the first fatal crash of a Cormorant in Canadian service when a CH-149 (Aircraft 149914) based at CFB Greenwood crashed while conducting a night training exercise near Canso, Nova Scotia. Killed in the incident were Sgt. Duane Brazil, 39; Master Cpl. Kirk Noel, 33; and Cpl. Trevor McDavid, 31, four other crew members were injured.

On Aug 21st, 2015, LCol Scott Murphy handed over command of 413 Sqn to LCol James Marshall.


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