New Ontario cenotaph honours fallen members of storied RCAF squadron

News Article / October 19, 2017

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On October 15, 2017, 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron was honoured with the unveiling of a cenotaph in the village of Cobden, Ontario, in remembrance of its fallen aviators.

Largely championed by the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust and 427 Squadron’s Honorary Colonel Delbert Lippert, the cenotaph is a milestone in the squadron’s history, being the first of its kind to honour its sacrifices and history.

Located at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ontario, 427 SOAS is equipped with the CH‑146 Griffon helicopter and provides dedicated special operations aviation services to all of the units within the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). Cobden is in the Township of Whitewater Region in Renfrew County, about 50 kilometres southeast of Petawawa.

Authorized as 427 (Bomber) Squadron on October 15, 1942, the squadron flew on operations as part of the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command during the Second World War, and was the eighth of fifteen Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) bomber squadrons formed overseas. 427 Squadron’s Battle Honours include the English Channel and North Sea, 1943-45; Fortress Europe, 1943-44; France and Germany, 1944-45; and Normandy, 1944.

On February 1, 2006, the unit was renamed 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (SOAS) and became a part of CANSOFCOM.

“427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, CANSOFCOM’s ‘Lions’, are a critical element to our success,” said Major-General Mike Rouleau, the commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. “They are special forces through and through. I am thrilled to see this storied squadron’s history—and unwritten future accomplishments—being recognized by this momentous dedication. I am very proud of our world-class aviators who are great RCAF ambassadors within CANSOF.”

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, 427 Squadron was bestowed the recognition alongside former “Lions” and friends of the unit.

“As commanding officer of 427 SOAS during its 75thanniversary, I am honoured to be part of the unveiling of the cenotaph in Cobden,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Clay Rook. “I would like to extend my appreciation to the community for the continued support and long-standing relationship between 427 Squadron and the Whitewater Region.”

With a distinguished history of aviation excellence dating back to 1942, 427 SOAS continues to support operations around the globe as an integral component of CANSOFCOM.

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