Squadron History

871 Squadron
Royal Canadian Navy Fighter Squadron (1951-52)
Heavier-than-air Fighter Air Squadron [VF 871] (1952-59)

Formed as the redesignation of 883 Squadron in May 1951, it was renamed VF 871 under the US system of numbering in November 1952 and continued service until it disbanded in March 1959. Its personnel and aircraft were then amalgamated with VF 870.

Role: Served as one of the RCN's Operational Fighter squadrons flying from the carriers.

Aircraft Flown: Hawker Sea Fury, McDonnell Banshee

Home Base: Shearwater, NS (1951-59)

Ships Served On: HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Bonaventure

Colours: White & Red

Motto: Pugnandum Surgimus (We Rise To Fight)