Squadron History


No.101 (Composite) (K)) Flight
Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF Dartmouth Jan 1947 - Apr 1947)

In 1946 Canada joined the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) when it was first formed after WW II. ICAO countries were responsible for establishing a national organization for Search and Rescue (SAR) over their territories and adjacent waters with Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC) to orchestrate SAR activities in their respective areas.

In January 1947, the RCAF, as the lead agency in a multi-government department SAR organization, established Canada's first RCC in Halifax. At the same time No. 101 Composite Flight was formed at RCAF Station Dartmouth and in addition to its other roles was assigned SAR responsibilities for which it was equipped with two Lockheed Hudsons, capable of carrying air deployable life boats, a Consolidated Canso and two Noordyun Norsemans. The following month, modeled on the Halifax - Dartmouth experience, Canada was divided into five SAR Regions centered in Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, each with its own Composite Flight equipped with SAR capable aircraft.

On 1April 1947 No. 101 (K) Flight was absorbed by No. 103 Search and Rescue Flight at RCAF Station Dartmouth.