Military plane will fly over Comox Marina on Sunday
Residents near the Comox Marina and downtown Parksville are advised that a CP-140 Aurora aircraft will make a flyby of these locations to mark the Battle of the Atlantic parades and ceremonies, on Sunday, May 6.
The CP-140, from 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron, will conduct a flyby of these ceremonies at a height of 500 feet at approximately 11:20 a.m. over Parksville and at 1:25 p.m. over the Comox Marina Battle of the Atlantic Memorial.
The Battle of the Atlantic was a pivotal struggle during World War II, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945. The battle was courageously fought by the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
With success came a high cost. The navy lost 24 warships and suffered over 2,000 fatalities; the merchant navy lost over 70 ships and over 1,700 fatalities; the RCAF lost more than 900 aircrew.
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron played an important role during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Starting in 1941, over a period of 19 months, the Squadron sank an estimated 500,000 tons of enemy shipping, thus earning its nickname The Demons for the tenacity the squadron members displayed.
From 1943 until the end of the war, 407 Squadron focused on anti-submarine warfare, sinking four German U-Boats and damaging another seven. Today, 407 continues to protect Canadians at home and abroad, all the while recognizing and honouring those who came before and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
— 19 Wing Comox