Historical Aircraft

406 Squadron

 

No. 406 “City of Saskatoon” Squadron (Auxiliary)

Badge: A lynx salient affronte
Motto: We kill by night
Authority: King George VI, December 1942

The lynx, an animal possessing keen sight at night, typifies the unit’s operational role as a night fighter squadron.

Formed at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 1 April 1947, the squadron flew Mitchell aircraft in a light bomber role until March 1958 when it was reassigned to a light transport and emergency rescue role and re-equipped with Expeditor and Otter aircraft. A reduction of the Auxiliary Force resulted in the squadron being disbanded on 1 April 1964.

Brief Chronology: Formed as No. 406 (TacB) Sqn (Aux), Saskatoon, Sask. 1 Apr 47. Redesignated No. 406 (LB) Sqn (Aux) 1 Apr 49. Titled No. 406 “City of Saskatoon” (LB) Sqn (Aux) 3 Sep 52. Redesignated No. 406 “City of Saska­toon” Sqn (Aux) 1 Apr 58. Disbanded 1 Apr 64.

Title: “City of Saskatoon”

Nickname: “Lynx”

Commanders

  • W/C J. Baillie 1 Jul 47 – 31 Dec 51 ret.
  • W/C A.A. Meyers 1 Jan 52 – 31 Dec 54 ret.
  • W/C R.J. Henry, DFC, CD 1 Jan 55 – 16 Jul 56 ret.
  • W/C W.B. Maloney, CD 17 Jul 56 – 31 Dec 59 ret.
  • W/C J.P. Coggins 1 Jan 60 – 31 Mar 62 ret.
  • W/C T. Jasieniuk, CD 1 Apr 62 – 1 Apr 64.

Higher Formations and Squadron Location

North West Air Command,

Tactical Air Command (1 Aug 51),

Training Command (1 Oct 58),

Air Transport Command (1 Apr 61):

No. 23 Wing (Auxiliary) (1 Jan 55),

  • Saskatoon, Sask. 1 Apr 47 – 1 Apr 64.

Representative Aircraft (Unit Code 1947-51 AH, 1951-58 XK & QP)

North American Harvard Mk.II (May 47 – Oct 51)

  • 2723   3021   3177   3240

North American Mitchell Mk.III (Jun 48 – Jun 58)

  • FW251   HD331   HD334   KL144

Canadair Silver Star Mk.3 (Sep 56 – Jun 58)

  • 21151   21159

Beechcraft Expeditor Mk.3 (Feb 58 – Oct 63)

  • HB139   HB207   2320

de Havilland Otter (Feb 61 – Mar 64)