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Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

 

501

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o #6596/1

 

 

 

 

 

Completed in UK on 6 October 1936.  With No. 6 (TB) Squadron, RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, immediately after first flight.  Squadron moved to RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC, November 1938, aircraft shipped by rail.  Was coded "XE*A" by early 1940.  Flew this squadron's first war time mission on 11 September 1939; patrol over Strait of Georgia.  Transferred to No. 4 (BR) Squadron, same station, on 1 May 1940 (also reported as 29 April 1940).  Operated by No. 111 (AC) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, 3 July 1940 to January 1941.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot, returned to RCAF Station Jericho Beach onboard RCAF vessel Sekani in August 1941.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron, 16 April 1942.  Coded "LT*O" in early 1942, "FG*O" by late 1942, and "O" from October 1942.  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage, 23 September 1943.  Struck off charge same day.

 

first date: 17 November 1936

 

last date: 8 November 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

scrapped

502

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o #6596/2

 

 

 

 

 

Completed in UK on 6 October 1936.  Erected by No. 1 Air Depot, Ottawa.  To No. 6 (TB) Squadron, January 1937.  To Air Armament Training Flight, November 1938.  Target towing gear installed by April 1939.  To No. 1 Training Command, 1 April 1940.  To Test and Development Flight, 20 May 1940.  To No. 3 Repair Depot 25 June 1940, after prolonged ferry flight from Trenton.  Delivered to RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC in target tug configuration on 4 December 1941.   Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, as a target tug, 10 January 1942 to 1943.  To No. 3 RD for storage, 23 February 1944.

 

first date: 26 October 1936

 

last date: 5 June 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

Transferred to RN, used for training in Trinidad.

503

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o # 6596/3

 

 

 

 

 

Erected by No. 1 Air Depot, Ottawa.  First Shark to fly in Canada, on 7 November 1936 at RCAF Station Ottawa.  Later tested at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.  With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, immediately after first flight, then Jericho Beach, BC, by January 1937, coded "XE*B".  Transferred to No. 4 (BR) Squadron, same station, on 1 May 1940.   Operated by No. 111 (AC) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, 3 July 1940 to January 1941, coded "TM*F". To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage July 1941.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron 15 April 1942.  Coded "LT*P" early 1942, "FG*P" late 1942, and "P" from October 1942.  To No. 3 RD for storage, 1943.

 

first date: 26 October 1936

 

last date: 13 April 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

scrapped (Wilson reports struck off on 3 August 1944)

504

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o # 6596/4

 

 

 

 

 

Taken on charge 11 November 1936.  Tested on RCAF Type F skiis, installed at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, Ottawa, in spring of 1938.  Probably only Shark ever operated on skiis.  Also tested prototype of RCAF designed enclosed cokcpit at this time, Blackburn designed enclosure was adopted instead.  To No. 7 (GP) Squadron 17 February 1937.  To No. 6 (TB) Squadron, 12 July 1938.  Coded "XE-C".  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage, 29 April 1940.  Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, as a target tug with electric winch, 13 January 1942 to 1943, coded "AG*D".  On floats at least part of this time.  Back to No. 3 RD 23 February 1944.

 

first date: November 1936

 

last date: 13 April 1944

 

Assembled and tested at RCAF Rockcliffe, Ont.

 

Scrapped. (Wilson reports struck off on 3 August 1944)

505

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o # 6596/5

 

 

 

 

 

Delivered direct to RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.  To No. 6 (TB) Squadron May 1937.

 

first date: 3 May 1937

 

last date: 8 (or 9?) March 1939

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after crashing, on floats, at Trenton on 7 October 1939.  Pilot misjudged landing on glassy water.

506

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o # 6596/6

 

 

 

 

 

Tested in UK, in RCAF markings, before shipment to Canada.  Delivered direct to RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.  With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Treton, Ontario, 28 April 1937.  Squadron moved to RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC, November 1938, aircraft shipped by rail.  Transferred to No. 4 (BR) Squadron, same station, on 1 May 1940.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot from 5 August 1940.  Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, as a target tug, from 17 January 1942.

 

first date: 27 April 1937

 

last date: 3 November 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after crashing, on floats, at Sea Island on 18 June 1942.

507

Blackburn

 

Shark

Mk. II

 

 

 

 

w/o # 6596/7

 

 

 

 

 

Delivered direct to RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.  With No. 6 (TB) Squadron, RCAF Station Treton, Ontario, 1937.  Squadron moved to RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC, November 1938, aircraft shipped by rail.

 

first date: 3 May 1937

 

last date: 16 February 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after crashing, on floats, at Jericho Beach, while landing down wind on 10 September 1939.

508

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1148.  With No. 3 (B) Squadron, RCAF Stations Rockcliffe, Ont., Calgary, Alberta, and Halifax, NS, 1937 to July 1938.

 

first date: 5 March 1936

 

last date: 28 March 1939

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after crashing at Sharbot Lake on 13 July 1938.

509

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1152.  Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, NS, 1939/40.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 36.

 

first date: 5 March 1936

 

last date: 14 October 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

510

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1318.  With No. 3 (B) Squadron in 1937.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 63.

 

first date: 8 June 1937

 

last date: 1 June 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

511

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1325.  Became Instructional Airframe A 90.  Sent to Fleet Aircraft in 1941 (overhaul, or disposal?).

 

first date: 8 June 1937

 

last date: 4 March 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

512

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1326.  In service at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1937.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 91.

 

first date: 8 May 1937

 

last date: 18 March 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

513

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1328.  With No. 3 (B) Squadron, RCAF Stations Rockcliffe, Ont., Calgary, Alberta, and Halifax, NS, 1937 to September 1939.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.  Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, NS, 1939/40.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 37.

 

first date: 5 March 1936

 

last date: 14 October 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

514

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

501

 

 

 

 

 

First Canadian built Shark. Company tests at RCAF Station Jericho Beach and  Sea Island Airport, BC, summer of 1938 to summer of 1939.  Reported to be of better quality and better performance than UK built Sharks.  Delivered to RCAF 2 August 1939.  To No. 6 (TB) Squadron on 31 August 1939.

 

first date: 21 July 1939

 

last date: 16 February 1940

 

First flight, on floats, from Jericho Air Station, BC by civilian pilot William J. Holland of Ginger Cootes Airways.

 

Struck off, after crash at Jericho Beach on 5 September 1939.

515

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

502

 

 

 

 

 

First Canadian built Shark delivered with late style, rounded, rudder.  To No. 6 (TB) Squadron on 31 August 1939.  Crashed at Jericho Beach on 5 September 1939.  Struck large wave while taking off with full bomb load, became briefly airborne before crashing.  No fatalaties.

 

first date: 22 August 1939

 

last date: 16 February 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after crash, see comments.

516

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

503

 

 

 

 

 

Rudder problems delayed delivery to RCAF.  To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 15 October 1939.  Crashed during fully loaded take off at Jericho Beach on 17 October 1939.

 

first date: 16 September 1939

 

last date: 16 February 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after crash, see comments.

517

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 21 October 1939 at RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC.  Bombed up and placed on standby, 10 April 1940, in order to intercept Norwegian merchant vessels if they attempted to escape Vancouver harbour, no mission flown.  To Alliford Bay, Queen Charlotte Islands, with this unit in May 1940.  Lost upper wing during dive bombing training at Alliford Bay, BC on 27 July 1940, 2 (or 3?) fatalities, first RCAF Shark fatalities.  This accident lead to fleet grounding, and general inspection and repair of aircraft before returning to service.

 

first date: 17 October 1939

 

last date: 14 November 1940

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after crash, see comments.

518

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

506

 

 

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 1 November 1939.  Operated by No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941 to January 1942.  Crashed in forest near Prince Rupert, BC on 4 January 1942.  Wreckage still there in 1970s.

 

first date: 24 October 1939

 

last date: 4 February 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Written off after crash, see comments.

519

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

507

 

 

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 22 November 1939.  After 517 crash on 27 July 1940, inspected and found to have buckled ribs on upper wing.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron December 1941.  To No. 122 (K) Squadron, as target tug, on 21 August 1943.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot from 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 22 November 1939

 

last date: 13 July 1944

 

taken on strength

 

scrapped

520

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

505

 

 

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 15 December 1939.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot from 5 August 1941.  Issued to No. 7 (BR) Squadron May 1942.  Water looped and turned over while taking off on floats at Prince Rupert, BC on 2 March 1943.

 

first date: 14 December 1939

 

last date: 25 May 1943

 

taken on strength

 

Struck off after take off accident, see comments.

521

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

504

 

 

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR)  Squadron on 5 December 1939.  After 517 crash on 27 July 1940, inspected and found to have buckled ribs on upper wing.  To No. 3 Repair Depot 5 August 1941.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron on 10 April 1942.  Back to No. 3 RD in September 1943.

 

first date: 5 December 1939

 

last date: 13 July 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

scrapped

522

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

Used to test adjustable front float struts.  To No. 6 (BR) Squadron, 23 December 1939, coded "XE*K".  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage on 5 August 1941.  Issued to No. 7 (BR) Squadron on 26 May 1942.  To No. 122 (K) Squadron, as target tug, on 11 August 1943.  Back to No. 3 RD on 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 22 December 1939

 

last date: 5 June 1944

 

taken on strength

 

Transferred to RN, used for training in Trinidad.

523

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron 10 January 1940, coded "XL*L".  Operated by No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941 to 1942.  Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, as a target tug, 7 July 1943 to 1944.  Flew last RCAF Shark operation, target tug flight, on 30 January 1944.  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage on 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 8 January 1940

 

last date: 13 July 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

scrapped

524

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 27 January 1940, at RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC.  Bombed up and placed on standby, 10 April 1940, in order to intercept Norwegian merchant vessels if they attempted to escape Vancouver harbour, no mission flown.  To Alliford Bay, Queen Charlotte Islands, with this unit in May 1940.  Flew squadron's first operational patrol from Alliford Bay, on 30 May 1940.  Transferred to No. 7 (BR) Squadron December 1941.  Crashed off Ketlakatla, BC on 20 June 1942, after striking slipstream of another Shark.  2 crew lost, only one float ever found.

 

first date: 24 January 1940

 

last date: 13 July 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after accident, see comments.

525

Blackburn

built in UK

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

w/o # 8780/1

 

 

 

 

 

First Mk. III for the RCAF.  Assembled and tested in the UK, November 1938.  Carried mix of RCAF serials at that time, 508 on rudder and 525 on wings.  Tested on floats in UK in December 1938.  Shipped unassembled to RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC in spring of 1939.  With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC from 22 March 1939.  Temporary detachment to Ucluelet, BC September 1939 to May 1940.  Crashed, on floats, at Alliford Bay, BC, landing on glassy water on 19 July 1940.

 

first date: March 1939

 

last date: 4 October 1940

 

Arrived in Ottawa

 

Struck off after crash, see comments

526

Blackburn

built in UK

Shark

III

 

 

 

 

w/o # 8780/2

 

 

 

 

 

Last Shark built by Blackburn.  At RCAF Station Ottawa on 14 or 16 March 1939.  Erected by No. 1 Air Depot.  To Test and Development Flight, 2 June 1939.  Tested first Canadian Shark target towing installation, with wind driven winch.  To No. 10 (BR) Squadron at Halifax on 7 September 1939, as a target tug.  Loaned, with crew, to No. 118 (B) Squadron, RCAF Station Saint John, NB, briefly in 1939 and again in 1940.  Struck tender boat while taxiing on floats, 22 August 1940.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot from 7 November 1940.   To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 11 August 1941.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, from December 1941.  Overturned on landing, on floats, at Prince Rupert BC on 3 September 1942.  No injuries.

 

first date: 14 March 1939

 

last date: 4 December 1942

 

Arrived in Canada, taken on strength same day.

 

Struck off after crash, see comments

527

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1139.  In use at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1938.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 54.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 19 December 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

528

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1143.  In use at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1938.  Later becmae Instructional Airframe A 40.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 1 May 1941

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

529

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1146.  Category B damage at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario on 25 July 1939.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 64.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 30 January 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

530

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1149.  With No. 3 (B) Squadron, RCAF Stations Rockcliffe, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta, 1937 to July 1939.

 

first date: 10 November 1937

 

last date: 5 December 1939

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash at Calgary on 4 July 1939.

531

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1322.  Served at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1938.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 55.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 8 August 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

532

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1324.  To No. 3 Squadron in 1938.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 26 January 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

533

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1329.  In use at RCAF Station Trenton.

 

first date: 10 November 1937

 

last date: 22 August 1939

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A crash at Trenton on 22 February 1939.

534

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1330.  In service at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1937.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 57.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 2 June 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

535

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1336.  To No. 3 (B) Squadron in 1938.  Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, NS, 1939/40.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 66.

 

first date: 18 November 1937

 

last date: 24 April 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

536

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1378.  To No. 10 (B) Squadron in 1939.  Operated by No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, 1941 to 1943.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 24 October 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

537

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1366.  In use at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in 1939.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 42.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 2 June 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

538

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF K1342.  In use at Ottawa in 1938.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 2 June 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

539

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9612.  With No. 10 (BR) Squadron in 1939.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 68.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 29 September 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

540

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9617.  In service at Trenton in 1938.  Became instructional airframe A.43, used at RCAF Trenton.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 2 June 1942

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

541

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9868.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 69.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 3 June 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

542

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9869.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.  With 10 (BR) Sdn, Halifax, March 1940, with partially enclosed front cockpit.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 30 January 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

543

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9870.  With No. 3 (B) Squadron, RCAF Stations Rockcliffe, Ont., Calgary, Alberta, and Halifax, NS, 1938 to September 1939.  With No. 3/10 Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, September 1939.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 71.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 3 June 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

544

Westland

 

Wapiti

Mk. IIA

 

 

 

Ex RAF J9871.  Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, NS, 1939/40.  Later became Instructional Airframe A 72.

 

first date: 19 November 1937

 

last date: 29 September 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off

545

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC, from 6 March 1940.  Transferred to No. 4 (BR) Squadron, same station, on 1 May 1940.  Served with No. 4 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Jericho Beach and Ucluelet, BC, from 1940 to 1941.  Operated on floats, coded "FY*C".  Operated by No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941 to 1943.  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage on 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 14 February 1940

 

last date: 13 July 1944

 

taken on strength

 

scrapped

546

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Jericho Beach, BC, from 6 March 1940.  Transferred to No. 4 (BR) Squadron, same station, on 1 May 1940.  Served with No. 4 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Jericho Beach and Ucluelet, BC, from 1940 to 1941.  Operated on floats, coded "FY*D".  Operated by No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941 to 1943, coded "FG*H".  To No. 3 Repair Depot for storage in September 1943.

 

first date: 20 February 1940

 

last date: 5 June 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

Transferred to RN, used for training in Trinidad.

547

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To Western Air Command, for storage, on 1 April 1940.  To No. 4 (BR) Squadron on 1 May 1940.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, in December 1941.  Crashed while landing on floats, at Prince Rupert BC on 27 January 1943.  Depth charges detonated, one fatality.

 

first date: 5 March 1940

 

last date: 2 February 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after crash, see comments.

548

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To Western Air Command, for storage, on 1 April 1940.  To No. 4 (BR) Squadron on 1 May 1940.  Served with No. 4 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Jericho Beach and Ucluelet, BC, from 1940 to 1942.  Operated on floats, coded "FY*F".  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, in December 1941.  Destroyed at Prince Rupert after depth charge accidently released by maintenance crew, and detonated beneath moored aircraft on 21 September 1943.  2 fatalities.

 

first date: 19 March 1940

 

last date: 9 October 1943 1943

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off after maintenance accident, see comments.

549

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

To Western Air Command, for storage, on 1 April 1940.  To No. 4 (BR) Squadron on 15 June 1940.  To No. 7 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941.  Flew this squadron's last Shark mission on 24 September 1943. Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, as a target tug, 1943 to 1944.  To No. 3 Repair Depot, for storage, on 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 19 March 1940

 

last date: 31 May 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

Transferred to RN, used for training on HMS Puncher and later in Trinidad. (Also reported as 5 June 1944, by Wilson.)

550

Blackburn

Boeing Canada, Vancouver

Shark

III

 

 

 

Last Canadian built Shark.  To Western Air Command, for storage, on 19 May 1940.  To No. 6 (BR) Squadron on 11 October 1940, at Alliford Bay, Queen Charlotte Islands.  To 7 (BR) Squadron at Prince Rupert, BC, December 1941 or January 1942.   Attacked submarine on 27 October 1942, no observed results.  May have been only offensive action by an RCAF Shark.  To No. 122 (K) Squadron, as target tug, on 11 August 1943.  To No. 3 Repair Depot, for storage, 19 March 1944.

 

first date: 4 April 1940

 

last date: 5 June 1944

 

Delivered to RCAF

 

Transferred to RN, used for training in Trinidad.


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