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No. 425 (Alouette) Squadron

Commanding Officers

W/C J. St. Pierre: 25 June 1942 – 30 September 1943
W/C B. D. Richer: 1 October 1943 – 3 April 1944
W/C J. McLearnon: 4 April 1944 – 23 May 1944
W/C J. Lecomte: 24 May 1944 – 20 August 1944
W/C H. C. Ledoux: 21 August 1944 – 10 June 1945

Dishforth was the location where 425 Squadron was formed on 25th June, 1942. The nickname “Alouette” signifies the unique French-Canadian aspect of the squadron. The banner under the squadron crest in French reads “Je te plumerai,” which translates to “I shall pluck you” in English. Prior to their first operational mission, 425 Squadron transferred to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Group on 1st January, 1943. Dishforth remained the base of operations until the unit moved to North Africa. Together with two other Canadian squadrons, 425 Squadron arrived at Beaufarik in May 1943, transferred to Kairouan/Zina in June, and finally moved to Hani East L.G. in September, spending about a month at this base. In November of 1943, the unit resumed operations from Dishforth following their return to England. In December the squadron was transferred to Tholthorpe where they spent the rest of World War II.

Aircrew of 425 Squadron logged 3,649 sorties in Wellington and Halifax bombers. Lancasters were used for non-operational use at the end of the war to bring the crew home to Canada. The code “KW” designated aircraft operating with this squadron.

425 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force.
425 Squadron Wellington
425 Squadron Halifax
425 Squadron Lancaster