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No. 407 (Demon) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force
No 407 (Demon) Coastal Strike Squadron was formed at Thorney Island on the 8th of May 1941, training on Blenheims. It was one of seven RCAF units serving with RAF Coastal Command. From September 1941 to January 1943 it was a strike squadron that attacked German shipping, earning its nickname as the Demon squadron. It was redesignated 407 General Reconnaissance Squadron on the 29th of January 1943 and thereafter protected friendly shipping from u-boat attacks. No 407 was disbanded on the 4th of June 1945.
Airfields No. 407 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from the 8th May 1941 (formed. Blenheim IV, Hudson I, Hudson III, Hudson V)
- RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire from July 1941 (Hudson III, V)
- RAF Thorney Island from February 1942
- RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from the 31st March 1942
- RAF St. Eval, Cornwall from September 1942
- RAF Docking, Norfolk from November 1942
- RAF Skitten, Caithness from February 1943 (Wellington XI)
- RAF Chivenor, Devon from March 1943 (Wellington XII, Wellington XIV)
- RAF St. Eval from September 1943
- RAF Chivenor from December 1943
- RAF Limavady, Londonderry from January 1944
- RAF Wick, Caithness from August 1944
- RAF Chivenor from November 1944
- disbanded the 4th June 1945
12th Feb 1942 Attack on the Scharnhorst
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Those known to have served with
No. 407 (Demon) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Abbott John Kimble H..
- Aikenhead Lloyd Lawrence. Sgt. (d.21st Jun 1942)
- Bennett Alfred Stephenson. Sgt. (d.21st June 1942)
- Beverly Edwin Paul. F/Lt.
- Buxton Charles Carr. Major
- Clark Fred Maurice. Cpl.
- Coleman Cyril George Joseph. LAC
- Duckworth Ernest Verdon. F/Lt. (d.7th Mar 1945)
- Duffy Thomas Michael. (d.21st Jun 1942)
- Farrugia Donald. F/O.
- Haliburton William Alfred. P/O. (d.15th May 1942)
- Hebden Charles Chancellor. F/O. (d.30th June 1943)
- Mattison Frederick Thomas. WO/2 (d.20th Jan 1943)
- McLean Eric Docra. F/L
- Shilling Donald. LAC.
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John Kimble H. Abbott pilot 407 Sqd.My father served with 407 Squadron, his name is John Kimble H. Abbott and he was a bomber pilot. He has also written a book about the "Demon" squadron. The book is A Gathering of Demons.Susan Abbott
F/L Eric Docra McLean 407 Sqd.My Grandfather Eric Mclean flew 18 missions with RCAF 407 'Demon' Squadron. 11 as co/pilot, 7 as pilot. Demon squadron was famous for it's skill at low level bomb deployment on German submarines as defence of allied shipping in the North Sea & English Channel.
My grandfather was involved in a somewhat dishonourable act of striking his senior officer. It seems that after an near accident on a flight mission due to the incompetence of the navigator he reported to his C/O that he would no long fly with the individual. His C/O reprimanded him and called him a coward whereby my grandfather struck the senior officer. Whereby he was stripped of rank and return to Halifax for trial, he missed the closing months of the war. In Canada, he was later excused for the incident and reinstated.
After the war he served with honour as a flight trainer until retiring in the 1960s. My grandfather survived the war, married, had 4 four children, and many grandchildren. Settled in Sutton West, Ontario. Passed away in 1995.Doug
F/Lt. Edwin Paul "Ted" Beverly AFC. 407 SquadronMy father-in-law, Flight Lieutenant Edwin Paul Beverly AFC, had this photo of Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron 407 with a Vickers Wellington in the background hanging on his wall until his death 5 years ago. When I removed the photo from the frame I found a list of names of the men in the photo on the back. Place and Location not known.Peter Mitchell
Cpl. Fred Maurice Clark 407 SquadronMy father Fred Clark served as a Corporal with 407 Squadron RCAF.John Clark
Sgt. Lloyd Lawrence Aikenhead 407 Squadron (d.21st Jun 1942)Sgt. Lloyd Lawrence Aikenhead served with the 407 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and died on 21st June 1942.
Can anyone tell me more about his Hudson which shot down on an anti-shipping raid in Holland? I'd like to know its serial number, code number, type of Hudson, everything you can give. Thanks
F/Lt. Ernest Verdon Duckworth 407 Squadron (d.7th Mar 1945)A plaque on Tarka Trail near Bideford, North Devon remembers Flight Lieutenant Ernest Verdon Duckworth who served with 407 Squadron RCAF Coastal Command during WW2 and was killed in action on the 7th March 1945 in the crash of Wellington Bomber P for Peter. He is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
F/O. Charles Chancellor Hebden 407 Sqdn. (d.30th June 1943)Charles Hebden was born in Dresden, Ontario. He enlisted at Windsor, Ontario on 30th January 1941, aged 30, and was sent to Brandon, Manitoba. He was awarded the air gunner's badge and commissioned as a pilot officer on 13th October 1941. He married on 18th October 1941 in Putnam, Ontario. On 12th November 1941 he embarked for overseas. He was promoted to flying officer on 1st October 1942. He was posted to RCAF Headquarters, Park Heaton in England on 2nd February 1943 and then to No. 407 Squadron on 6th June 1943. He was reported missing over the Bay of Biscay on 30th June 1943.Patricia O'Brien
Thomas Michael Duffy 407 (Demon) Squadron (d.21st Jun 1942)My great-uncle, Thomas Michael Duffy (aged 29), who was an Australian gunner serving with the RCAF 407 Squadron nicknamed 'Demon'. He was killed on the 21st of June 1942 when his plane was lost at sea presumed shot down. On the shipping raid with him were Pilot Officer Little, a Sergeant Bennett, and Sergeant Lloyd Lawrence Aikenhead (air observer), flying in a Lockheed Hudson FH 346 aircraft out of RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk.
The bodies of Sergeants Aikenhead and Bennett were washed ashore on the East Frisian Islands. The bodies of Pilot Officer Little and my great-uncle have never been recovered. Last year I travelled to Holland and hoped to make it to the cemetery at Delfzijl where Sergeant Aikenhead is at rest to lay some flowers on his grave but I never made it. I'm very sorry I didn't.Elise Pedley
Major Charles Carr Buxton 407 SquadronMy late father, Charles C. Buxton, was the youngest member to ever join the Demon Squad. He was 18 yrs. old. He taught British pilots to fly and was in Coastal Command during WWII when he was F/L Charles Carr Buxton, a pilot. He was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada in 1922 and died in West Lake, Ontario 1996. He was a great inspiration to me and loved his 30 years in the RAF and RCAF as did I, growing up.Jane Buxton
P/O. William Alfred Haliburton 407 (Demon) Squadron (d.15th May 1942)William Haliburton was born on 3rd or November 1919, the son of Alfred F. and Evangeline Haliburton, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He died aged 22, when his Hudson AM 679 made a direct hit on the stern of the enemy shipping vessel it was attacking near Terschelling Island in the northern Netherlands. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, in Surrey, United Kingdom.James Alfred Haliburton
F/O. Donald Farrugia 407 Sqdn.Donald Farrugia served with 407 Sqdn.Douglas Farrugia
WO/2 Frederick Thomas Mattison 407 Sqdn. (d.20th Jan 1943)Fred Mattison was my dad's cousin. During the War I was very young and never did understand how a person could go missing, but everyone in the family knew he was in action over the English Channel and were notified he was missing in action. Only in recent years have I gathered information about Fred and his role in the 407 (Demon) Squadron.
407 Squadron was active across the English Channel to the Bay of Biscay in search of enemy submarines and shipping. The 407 suffered a high level of losses per capita, compared to other units. On one of these attack missions Fred failed to return and was presumed killed in action. Fred will always be remembered by all the remaining family for his supreme sacrifice.Bill Pollard
LAC. Donald Shilling 407 SquadronMy father, Don Shilling, was an aircraft fitter with 407 Squadron during WWII
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