162 (BR) Squadron PBY Water Landing
162 (BR) Squadron (unknown crew)
162 (BR) Squadron PBY Air Mission
- SQUADRON 162 HISTORY
- 162 (BR) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF
- RCAF Dartmouth Oct 1943 – Jan 1944
- BATTLE HONORS:
- “Atlantic 1939 – 1945” earned but never awarded since the squadron was disbanded before the Honors could be presented and never was reactivated.
- Above barry wavy charged with five billets (depth charges) an osprey volant to dexter holding in its claws a sixth billet.
- Sectabimur usque per ima. (We will hunt them even through the lowest deeps).
- No. 162 Squadron formed as a Bomber Reconnaissance (BR) unit, equipped with Consolidated Canso A aircraft, on 19 May 1942 at Yarmouth NS. From Yarmouth the squadron supported detachments at Mont-Joli Quebec, Gander NF and Stephenville NF to extend its range of anti-submarine duties on the East Coast and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
- In October 1943, the squadron moved to Dartmouth NS from where it also maintained detachments in Goose Bay NF and Mont-Joli. In January 1944, 162 Squadron was loaned to the Royal Air Force’s Coastal Command and stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland to cover the mid-ocean portion of the North Atlantic convoy routes.
- During June and July 1944, the squadron operated from Wick, Scotland and scored a series of brilliant successes by sinking four German submarines, and sharing a fifth, that were attempting to break through the North Transit Area (Shetland Islands) to attack the Allied D-Day invasion fleet. In one of these engagements Flight Lieutenant D.E. Hornell won the Victoria Cross. Repatriated to Sydney NS in June 1945, the squadron was disbanded on 7 August 1945.
- No. 162(BR) Squadron was the RCAF’s most successful anti-submarine squadron during the Second World War with five U-boats destroyed, one shared sinking and one U-boat damaged.