405 Squadron's retired colours now part of 14 Wing history

Nancy Kelly
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Members of 14 Wings' 405 squadron attended the laying up the colours ceremony May 30 at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum.

Some members of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron gathered at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum May 30 to take part in the laying up of colours of their unit’s standard, which was officially retired by Governor General David Johnston on May 14.

The 44 year-old flag, which was showing signs of wear and tear, was repaired and will be now be housed at the museum and become part of its permanent display of 14 Wing history.  

According to protocol, standards can only be retired to a few locations, which include Ottawa, a church, or an authorized museum. 405 Squadron’s Commanding Officer LCol Mike Adamson said the Greenwood museum was deemed an appropriate permanent home because the standard  “has special meaning to many people in Greenwood,” including several members of the museum board, who are retired 405 members.  

Formed in 1941, 405 Eagle Squadron was the Royal Canadian Air Force's first bomber squadron. Today, the squadron's primary responsibilities remain those of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and control of Canada's eastern approaches.

Organizations: Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Greenwood museum, Canadian Air Force

Geographic location: Ottawa, Greenwood, Canada

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