Squadron History

No. 119 (BR) Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF Dartmouth Jun 1941 - Aug 1941)

Badge: On an ogress a tiger's head affronte.

Motto: Noli me tangere (Touch me not).

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

Originally formed as No. 19 (Bomber) Squadron (Auxiliary) at Hamilton ON on 15 May 1935, the squadron commenced flying training in May 1937 when it received four Moth aircraft. It was renumbered No. 119 Squadron on 15 November 1937 and called out on voluntary full-time duty on 3 September 1939. Redesignated Bomber Reconnaissance (BR) on 31 October, No.119 (BR) Squadron flew Northrop Delta, Bristol Bolingbroke and Lockheed Hudson aircraft from Yarmouth NS, Sydney NS, Dartmouth NS and Mont-Joli, Que on anti-submarine duty over the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the waters adjacent to Cape Breton Island until disbanded at Sydney NS on 15 March 1944.

No. 119 (BR) Squadron conducted four U-boat attacks on eleven sightings.