RCAF No. 403 Squadron


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"Stalk and Strike"

Squadron Code Letters "KH"

403 "Wolf" Squadron was formed on March 1st 1941 at Baginton, near Coventry in Warwickshire, England. It was the first RCAF Squadron to be formed overseas and as an Army co-operation squadron in No.9 Group of Fighter Command, it was originally equipped with P-40 Tomahawks. ...


Squadron Score

125.25 / 10 / 66.5




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The Wolfpack

Hornchurch, 24 August 1941


Back row:

01) P/O Derick Colvin (RAF)
02) P/O Cryil Wood (RAF)
03) F/L Ted Cathelo of Vancouver
04) S/L Tony Lee-Knight, (RAF)
05) F/L B.S. Christmas, of Montreal
06) P/O Phil Carrillo of NYC
07) P/O Don Ball of Edmonton
08) F/O L.E. Price of Quebec City
09) P/O L.S. Ford of Liverpool, N.S.
10) F/O S.J. Peeson of Singapore, S.S.
Front row:

01) Sgt Charlie Grigg of Mount Brydges, Ont.
02) Sgt Lawrence Soanes (RAF)
03) Sgt John Rainville of St. Johns, Que.
04) Sgt Hugh Belcher of Roblin, Man.
05) F/O C. A. Hyde Bray (RAF)
06) Sgt Eric Crist of Wallaceburg, Ont.
07) Sgt Ken Collinson of Niagara Falls, Ont.
08) Sgt Jack Ryckman of London, Ont.
09) Sgt Doug Granham of Winnipeg


403 Squadron pilots with their Wing Commander. Probably August 1943

403 squadron August 1943

Front row:
01) F/O Joseph P. Lecoq, Montreal
02) F/L. Charles P. Thornton, Detroit
03) P/O John Allen Wilson, Hamilton
04) Sgt. Stanley Barnes, Toronto
05) F/O Stanley W. Matthews, Winnipeg
06) W/O1 Clinton F. Rae, Moulinette, Ont.
07) Sgt. James R. MacKinnon, Winnipeg
Middle row:
01) F/O Livingston "Cap" Foster, Grimsby
02) F/O Robert G. Middlemiss, Montreal
03) F/O James F. Lambert, Winnipeg
04) F/L Dean Dover, Mount Dennis, Toronto
05) S/L Frank E. (Bitsy) Grant, Brockville
06) W/C J. E. Johnson
07) F/L Noel J. Ogilvie, Ottawa
08) F/O Harry Dowding, Sarnia, Ont.
09) F/O J. D. Browne, Florham Park, NJ
10) P/O Paul K. Gray, Toronto
Back row:
01) F/O Thomas A. Brannagan, Windsor
02) F/O John Hodgson, Calgary
03) F/L Arthur C. Coles, North Vancouver
04) F/L Herbert J. Southwood, Calgary
05) Sgt Norman V. Chevers, Niagara Falls
06) F/O James Preston, St. Catharines
07) F/L David Goldberg, Hamilton
08) F/O Malcolm J. Gordon, Edmonton
09) F/L Harry A. Pattinson, Hamilton



B9 - March 1945

403 Squadron Photo


from the left:

01)“Stew” Tosh
02) Freddy Arsenault
03)“Gil” Gillis
04) Walt Dove
05)“Reg” Morris
06)“Mac” McLeod

01) Bob Barbour
02)“Mac” McLaren
03)“Tommy” Todd
04) Bob Shannon
05)“Mac” Reeves
06)“Mo” Morrison
07)“Gil” Gilmartin
08)“Cap” Foster
09)“Van” Sainsbury
10)“Johnny” Johnson
11) Keith Lindsay
12) Ron Forsythe
13) Fred Town
14) Johnny Desaules
15) Kenny Watchorn



403 Squadron Pilots and Ground Crew. Probably May 1945

If you can identify any of these men, please let me know by clicking that "contact" link at the bottom of this page

403 Squadron Photo with Ground Crew

Front Row Sitting: unknown, unknown, unknown, George Bub, Sgt. Summers, Freddy Arsenault, Mo Morrison, Keith Lindsay, Van Sainsbury, Al Fleming, Cap Foster, John Benningen, Cy Yarnell, Dick Neitz, Jack Baker, Doug Hallett, Ted Doyle, Gil Gillis

Under the Prop: Marv Silver & Dave Leslie (standing in back)
"Mac" McLeod, Bob Shannon & Bill Gilmartin (standing in front)
(kneeling) "Red" Ryder (in front of McLeod), "Amigo" Roy, Bob Young, Ken Watchorn & John Pickering

Standing: 7th from the left is Ernest Yates (a/c mechanic), far right is LAC John Russ (a)

ARROWS: – “My Boys” – Frank Graham & Len Simms (Walter Dove's Erks)


Thanks to Greg for the great photos from his grandpa's (Walter Dove) album !
He has scanned lots of cool stuff, most of which can be seen on Pierre Legace's Blog HERE

Thanks for the IDs
(a) son Lorne




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