Who Are We

The 408 “Goose” Squadron is an Association of retired and serving members of 408 Squadron of the Canadian Forces. The Squadron has a long history and celebrated its 67th anniversary of active service in 2008. There have been 14 different aircraft types on its strength. The Squadron currently operates and maintains CH-146 helicopters and has had everything from Hamden and Lancaster Bombers to Griffin Helicopters on its strength.

The objectives of the Association are laid out in the Constitution and are:

a. To sustain and reinforce the maintenance and friendship of former and present squadron members through reunions and other activities.

b. To perpetuate the memory of 408 Squadron Members and their exploits. c. To assist the Commanding Officer of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in the execution of his/her duties.

 

Association

The 408 “Goose” Squadron is an Association of retired and serving members of 408 Squadron of the Canadian Forces. The Squadron has a long history and celebrated its 67th anniversary of active service in 2008. There have been 14 different aircraft types on its strength. The Squadron currently operates and maintains CH-146 helicopters and has had everything from Hamden and Lancaster Bombers to Griffin Helicopters on its strength. The objectives of the Association are laid out in the Constitution and are: a. To sustain and reinforce the maintenance and friendship…

Patron 408 "Goose" Squadron Association

Mother Goose by Paul Nyznik When Royal Air Force Corporal Molly Rayner was posted to 408 (Goose) Sqn RCAF soon after it was formed in Yorkshire in 1941, there began a relationship that has endured for almost 60 years. With her friendly, caring manner, her earthy humor and dedication to those who flew in the bomber squadron’s Hampdens, Halleys and Lancs, she quickly earned the sobriquet “Mother Goose.” It is a title she loves and wears proudly at every reunion 408 has held since 1968. As Henrietta May Morgan, “Molly”…

A Canadian Hero in the Royal Air Force

  Attending to the needs of 600 longhorns on a cattle boat crossing the Atlantic may seem a strange way to launch a flying career. Yet, for Nelles Timmerman and a few other Canadians during the Great Depression of the 1930s, working his way to the U.K. and joining the Royal Air Force(RAF) appeared to be the only path toward realizing a boyhood dream. From such modest beginnings it was impossible to imagine that by March 1942 Timmerman would have flown 50 operational sorties against Nazi Germany and would be…

Association Membership

The 408 “Goose” Squadron” Association  is an Association of retired and serving members of 408 Squadron  and individuals wishing to  perpetuate the memory of 408 Squadron Members and their exploits. The Squadron has a long history and celebrated its 75th anniversary of active service in 2016. There have been 14 different aircraft types on its strength. The Squadron currently operates and maintains CH-146 helicopters and has had everything from Hampden and Lancaster Bombers to Griffin Helicopters on its strength.   The objectives of the Association are :   a. To…