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No. 415 (Swordfish) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force



   No 415 was formed at Thorney Island on the 20th of August 1941. It had a torpedo-bomber role with Coastal Command until July of 1944 when it transferred to No 6 (RCAF) Group of Bomber Command.

Under Coastal Command it made bomb and torpedo attacks on enemy shipping, enemy-occupied ports and port installations. In October 1943 No 415 was equipped with Wellingtons and Albacores, tracking down E- and R-boats, and flying night patrols in preparation for the Normandy landings. In the D-Day operations No 415 laid smoke screens for the Allied Naval Forces.

Under Bomber Command, No 415 became a heavy-bomber squadron with Halifax III, attacking Hamburg in late July and ultimately flying 104 missions in its final 9 months.

No 415 was disbanded in May 1945.

Airfields No. 415 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from the 20th August 1941 (formed, Group 16 Coastal Command. Beaufort I, Blenheim IV, Hampden)
  • RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire from June 1942
  • RAF Wick, Caithness from August 1942
  • RAF Leuchars, Fife from September 1942
  • RAF Thorney Island from November 1942 (Wellington XIII, albacore I)
  • RAF Bricham Newton, Norfolk from November 1943
  • RAF East Moor, Yorkshire from the 12th July 1944 (Group 6 Bomber Command. Halifax VII
  • disbanded the 15th May 1945


 

13th Feb 1945 Night Ops

2nd Feb 1945 Halifax Lost

17th Feb 1945 Halifax Lost

20th Feb 1945 Halifax Lost

21st Feb 1945 Night Ops

23rd Feb 1945 Night Ops

27th Feb 1945 Night Ops

2nd Mar 1945 Night Ops

3rd Mar 1945 Night Ops

25th Mar 1945 Night Ops

8th Apr 1945 Night Ops

13th Apr 1945 Night Ops

18th Apr 1945 Night Ops

22nd Apr 1945 Night Ops


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Those known to have served with

No. 415 (Swordfish) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bloomfield H.. F/Sgt.
  • Campbell Paul Brewer. W/O (d.18th February 1943)
  • Ennis Roy Milton. F/Sgt. (d.31st July 1942)
  • Heffernan Daniel Joseph. F/O
  • Huddart Jack Vincent. F/O
  • Maffre Kenneth Reginald. F/O (d.18th February 1943)
  • McComb Bud Douglas Roy. W/O (d.31st July 1942)
  • Niblock Zina Manford. W/O (d.18th February 1943)
  • Stallard Doug.
  • Vokey Reginald Ernest. W/O (d.18th February 1943)

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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F/O Daniel Joseph Heffernan New York 415 squadron

I have some photographs and documents from the late Major D J Heffernan USAF, Formally a Graduate of Loyola College. He served in the RCAF and then joined the USAAF after the USA entered the war. He was an Air Gunner in the RCAF with 415 Squadron based at Thorney Island, Hampshire, and a Gunnery leader/instructor in the USAAF based at Sudbury Suffolk UK. He kept a war diary during his USAAF service that shows although an American he had been schooled in flying and airmanship in a different culture than the one he later joined. He was a dedicated flyer and took the fight to the enemy, enjoyed the camaraderie and uniformed life in general even being a little bit of a dandy. He was pre-war a stock-broker in New York and although he did not have to involve himself in the war he joined the RCAF as an Airman Air Gunner at the age of 30+. He flew most of his 300 hours of operations in Hampdens and Wellingtons then a couple or more trips as an Aircrew Observer/Gunner in B 24s and possibly an odd trip in a B 17.He was divorced in the USA sometime in the early 1940s but re-married in England to a local Hampshire lady during the war.

After the war he and his wife returned to the US to Travis Air Force Base but he sadly died of Tuberculosis in 1953. A short purposeful life lived it would seem to the full.

D Donaldson-Davidson



F/Sgt. Roy Milton Ennis 415 Sqdn. (d.31st July 1942)

I am looking for any first hand information regarding members of 415 Squadron around 1941-1942:
  • W/O H. McComb
  • F/Sgt H. Bloomfield
  • Sgt J. Labelle
  • Sgt R. Ennis

    Update

    W/O McComb, F/Sgt Labelle and F/Sgt Ennis are all buried in North Coates (St Nicholas) Churchyard. Their aircraft crashed when it returned early from convoy protection. It had engine problems and overshot the runway. It looks as though F/Sgt Bloomfield may have survived as he is not listed on the CWG website.

  • Greg Ennis



    W/O Bud Douglas Roy McComb 415 Sqdn. (d.31st July 1942)

    W/O McComb was a member of 415 Squadron and was killed when his aircraft crashed after returning early from convoy protection. It had engine problems and overshot the runway. The crew were:
  • W/O H. McComb
  • F/Sgt H. Bloomfield
  • Sgt J. Labelle
  • Sgt R. Ennis

    Update

    W/O McComb, F/Sgt Labelle and F/Sgt Ennis are all buried in North Coates (St Nicholas) Churchyard. It looks as though F/Sgt Bloomfield may have survived as he is not listed on the CWG website.




  • F/Sgt. H. Bloomfield 415 Sqdn.

    F/Sgt Bloomfield was a member of 415 Squadron. His aircraft crashed after returning early from convoy protection. It had engine problems and overshot the runway. The crew were:
  • W/O H. McComb
  • F/Sgt H. Bloomfield
  • Sgt J. Labelle
  • Sgt R. Ennis

    Update

    W/O McComb, F/Sgt Labelle and F/Sgt Ennis were killed and are buried in North Coates (St Nicholas) Churchyard.




  • F/O Kenneth Reginald Maffre 415 Sqdn. (d.18th February 1943)

    Hampden AE 435 "U" (415) crash Docking

    This Hampden was based at Thorney Island (east of Portsmouth, Hampshire) serving in No. 415 Squadron RCAF in Coastal Command. At the time of its loss, it was operating out of the Coastal Command airfield at RAF Docking. The Hampden took off at 2030 hours on 18th February 1943 for an operation against German shipping off Iymuiden, Holland. It immediately crashed on take-off near to Docking railway station. There were no survivors from the crew of four and they were buried in St Mary's Church Cemetery, Great Bircham, Norfolk, a short distance from RAF Docking. The aircraft was acting as a torpedo bomber in its Coastal Command anti-shipping role, and the area was quickly evacuated because it had an unexploded torpedo on board. The crew were:

  • W/O2 (Warrant Officer Grade 2) P.B. Campbell, Pilot, RCAF
  • Flying Officer K. R. Maffre, Observer, RCAF
  • W/O2 R.E. Vokey, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF
  • W/O2 Z.M. Niblock, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF.

    Hampden AE 435 was one of a batch of 425 B1 aircraft manufactured by English Electric Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire and would have been converted to a TB1 (Torpedo Bomber) for use within Coastal Command when the squadron converted to Hampdens in January 1942. As a B1 aircraft it may have seen service operationally with a Bomber Command squadron.

  • Frank East



    W/O Reginald Ernest Vokey 415 Sqdn. (d.18th February 1943)

    Hampden AE 435 "U" (415) crash Docking

    This Hampden was based at Thorney Island (east of Portsmouth, Hampshire) serving in No. 415 Squadron RCAF in Coastal Command. At the time of its loss, it was operating out of the Coastal Command airfield at RAF Docking. The Hampden took off at 2030 hours on 18th February 1943 for an operation against German shipping off Iymuiden, Holland. It immediately crashed on take-off near to Docking railway station. There were no survivors from the crew of four and they were buried in St Mary's Church Cemetery, Great Bircham, Norfolk, a short distance from RAF Docking. The aircraft was acting as a torpedo bomber in its Coastal Command anti-shipping role, and the area was quickly evacuated because it had an unexploded torpedo on board. The crew were:

  • W/O2 (Warrant Officer Grade 2) P.B. Campbell, Pilot, RCAF
  • Flying Officer K. R. Maffre, Observer, RCAF
  • W/O2 R.E. Vokey, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF
  • W/O2 Z.M. Niblock, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF.

    Hampden AE 435 was one of a batch of 425 B1 aircraft manufactured by English Electric Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire and would have been converted to a TB1 (Torpedo Bomber) for use within Coastal Command when the squadron converted to Hampdens in January 1942. As a B1 aircraft it may have seen service operationally with a Bomber Command squadron.

  • Frank East



    W/O Zina Manford Niblock 415 Sqdn. (d.18th February 1943)

    Hampden AE 435 "U" (415) crash Docking

    This Hampden was based at Thorney Island (east of Portsmouth, Hampshire) serving in No. 415 Squadron RCAF in Coastal Command. At the time of its loss, it was operating out of the Coastal Command airfield at RAF Docking. The Hampden took off at 2030 hours on 18th February 1943 for an operation against German shipping off Iymuiden, Holland. It immediately crashed on take-off near to Docking railway station. There were no survivors from the crew of four and they were buried in St Mary's Church Cemetery, Great Bircham, Norfolk, a short distance from RAF Docking. The aircraft was acting as a torpedo bomber in its Coastal Command anti-shipping role, and the area was quickly evacuated because it had an unexploded torpedo on board. The crew were:

  • W/O2 (Warrant Officer Grade 2) P.B. Campbell, Pilot, RCAF
  • Flying Officer K. R. Maffre, Observer, RCAF
  • W/O2 R.E. Vokey, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF
  • W/O2 Z.M. Niblock, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF.

    Hampden AE 435 was one of a batch of 425 B1 aircraft manufactured by English Electric Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire and would have been converted to a TB1 (Torpedo Bomber) for use within Coastal Command when the squadron converted to Hampdens in January 1942. As a B1 aircraft it may have seen service operationally with a Bomber Command squadron.

  • Frank East



    W/O Paul Brewer Campbell 415 Sqdn. (d.18th February 1943)

    Hampden AE 435 "U" (415) crash Docking

    This Hampden was based at Thorney Island (east of Portsmouth, Hampshire) serving in No. 415 Squadron RCAF in Coastal Command. At the time of its loss, it was operating out of the Coastal Command airfield at RAF Docking. The Hampden took off at 2030 hours on 18th February 1943 for an operation against German shipping off Iymuiden, Holland. It immediately crashed on take-off near to Docking railway station. There were no survivors from the crew of four and they were buried in St Mary's Church Cemetery, Great Bircham, Norfolk, a short distance from RAF Docking. The aircraft was acting as a torpedo bomber in its Coastal Command anti-shipping role, and the area was quickly evacuated because it had an unexploded torpedo on board. The crew were:

  • W/O2 (Warrant Officer Grade 2) P.B. Campbell, Pilot, RCAF
  • Flying Officer K. R. Maffre, Observer, RCAF
  • W/O2 R.E. Vokey, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF
  • W/O2 Z.M. Niblock, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF.

    Hampden AE 435 was one of a batch of 425 B1 aircraft manufactured by English Electric Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire and would have been converted to a TB1 (Torpedo Bomber) for use within Coastal Command when the squadron converted to Hampdens in January 1942. As a B1 aircraft it may have seen service operationally with a Bomber Command squadron.

  • Frank East



    F/O Jack Vincent Huddart 415 Sqdn.

    My father was a navigator on Halifax bombers, two of which were "E" for x-ray and "S" for Sugar with 415 squadron stationed out of East Moor 1944/45. His pilot was F/O Don Stewart. He completed his tour of operations and returned to complete his engineering degree in Geology at the University of Toronto.

    John Huddart







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