Squadron History

117 (BR) Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF Dartmouth Dec 1942 - May 1943)

Battle Honours: "Atlantic 1939 - 1945" earned but never awarded since the squadron was disbanded before the Honours could be presented and never was reactivated.

No. 117 Squadron (Auxiliary) was authorized as a Fighter unit at Saint John NB on 1 April 1938; the squadron was redesignated Coast Artillery Co-operation CAC) on 1 May 1939. When ordered to mobilize in September at the outbreak of war the squadron's organization was incomplete and it was disbanded on 28 October 1939. The squadron personnel provided the nucleus of "A" Flight of No. 118 CAC Squadron which formed at Halifax NS on 1 December 1939.

No. 117 Squadron reformed as a Bomber Reconnaissance (BR) unit at Sydney NS on 1 August 1941 with Stranraer flying boats. The squadron, less aircraft, was transferred to Western Air Command in October where its members were distributed among other under-strength squadrons. The squadron was temporarily disbanded at Jericho Beach (Vancouver) BC, but reactivated at Sydney NS on 28 April 1942. Operating from Kelly Beach, North Sydney, Gaspe ¢ and Dartmouth No. 117 (BR) Squadron flew Catalina and Canso A aircraft on anti-submarine duty over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the waters adjacent to Cape Breton I sland until disbanded at Shelburne NS on 15 December 1943.

No. 117 (BR) Squadron conducted one U-boat attack.