405 Squadron

405 Squadron Stained Glass

We recently received batch of photos from the Squadron showing some of the stained glass they've had made to adorn their headquarters in Greenwood. The first one shows Casey, the name given to the Eagle appearing in the Squadron's emblem. This was presented to the Squadron by Mike Adams, a past Commanding Officer, who is now a Wing Commander at Greenwood.


                          

                    



                                






405 Squadron Visit 2016

On Thursday 16th June 2016 the Gransdens Society hosted a visit from 405 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. John and Val Davison met them at the windmill, where they paid their respects at the 405 Squadron memorial stone situated there. Martin Davies was also on hand to talk to them about the windmill restoration work that’s currently being done.


            


             




John and Val then escorted them up to Gransden Lodge airfield, home base of the Squadron during World War 2. At the gliding club they were met by Chris Sullivan, author of the book “Trials and Tribulation”, which tells the story of the airfield. Chris talked to them about the airfield and had also set up a display of photos of 405 Squadron taken during the war for them to see. 

     
             


Following this they attended a memorial service at Great Gransden church, led by Neil Parker, where the 801 airmen of the Squadron who lost their lives during the war were remembered. As part of the service Ian Selkirk played The Last Post.


                                                    


After the service Trevor Bounford hosted the visitors for refreshments at his home, where they were each presented with a greetings card showing the memorial window in the church. They in turn presented the Gransdens Society with a beautifully made model of a CP-140 Aurora aircraft, of the type the Squadron currently flies on active service. The stand carries an inscription saying:
 "In memory of RCAF 405 Squadron 75th Anniversary - 2016"


                    


Following this they went on to the Crown and Cushion, which landlords Ian and Teri Selkirk had opened up early especially for them. Here they enjoyed a beer or two, just as their former Squadron members had during the war.

Their visit coincided with 405 Squadron’s 75th anniversary, and the Gransdens Society is proud to maintain the villages’ link with them. The link had been broken until the late Doreen Blott, a former Secretary of the Society, worked hard to re-establish it in the 1980’s. Since then members of 405 Squadron have visited us whenever they’ve had the chance, and hopefully will continue to do so. The Gransden Society will be proud to welcome them whenever they do.