Royal Canadian Air Force


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RCAF

Units of the Royal Canadian Air Force had a vital role in the defense of Canada and Alaska and the Aleutians. Five flying units served in the Alaskan Theater of Operations during the Second World War.
The units were assigned to the United States Alaskan Command for Operations and to the RCAF “X” Wing or “Y” Wing for all other tasking.


Units Assigned to Alaska:

8 BR
14 F
111 F
135 F
149 TB


No. 8 Squadron (BR)

Alaskan Assignment

   7 Jun 42 – 26 Feb 42 – Anchorage, Ak
27 Jun 42 – 12 Feb 43 –  Kodiak, Ak
18 Jul 42 –     5 Dec 43 – Nome, Ak

Aircraft:
Dec 40 – Aug 43 - Bristol Bolingbroke Mk.1 & IV


No. 14 Squadron (F)

No. 14 Squadron participated in the Kiska operations.  From Umnak Island 14 missions and a total of 88 sorties were flown.  From Amchitka Island 16 missions and a total of 102 sorties were flown in support of the Kiska operations.

Alaskan Assignment

   3 Mar 43 – 15 Sep 43 –  Umnak Island, Ak
31 Mar 42 – 16 Apr 43 –  Adak Island, Ak
      17 Apr – 15 May 43 – Amchitka, Ak
                     3 – 8 Jul 43 – Adak Island
          9 Jul – 29 Aug 43 – Amchitka, Ak
 

Aircraft:
Jul – Dec 43 – Curtis P-40K-1 (Purchased from the U.S. while flying in the Aleutians)



No. 111 Squadron (F)

Alaskan Assignment

8 Jun 42 – 30 Oct 42 –  Anchorage, Ak
      13 Jul   – 12 Oct 42 –  Unmnak Island, Ak
31 Oct 42  – 10 Aug 43 –  Kodiak, Ak
  5 Nov 42  – 24 Apr 43 –  Chiniak Point, Ak
        2 May – 12 Jun 43 –  Umnak Island, Ak

Aircraft:
Nov 41 – Jun 43 – Curtis Kittyhawk Mk.1& Mk.IV’s



No. 135 Squadron (F)

Alaskan Assignment

16 Aug 43 – 16 Nov 43 – Annette Island, Ak

Aircraft:
Jul 42 – May 44 – Hawker Hurricane Mk.XII



No. 149 Squadron (TB)

Alaskan Assignment

18 Aug 43 – 12 Nov 43 – Annette Island, Ak

Aircraft:
Jul 43 – Mar 44 – Lockheed-Vega Ventura G.R.Mk. V



Reference: RCAF - Squadrons and Aircraft 1924-1968: by S. Kostenuk and J. Griffin/Published 1977 by Samuel Stevens-Hakkert&Company/Toronto&Sarasota
ISBN:0-88866-577-6
Library of Congress Catalogue Number: 76-50945

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