Beaver Sqn Adopted
RGAF Beaver Squadron Proud Qfj Adoption by The -pilots and ground crews of the . R.C.A.F. . Beaver squadron (440 'fighter squadron) overseas are "proud and happy ' that Ottawa has officially adopted the squadion. Flt-Lieut. Hal Gooding, an Ottawa boy, states in a letter ito Mayor Lewis. I . .Jn giving a brief history of the squadron, . Flt.-Lieut. Gooding states mat tne commanaer is Sqd.-Ldr. Bill a'entland, of Calgary, Ja . veterahofg the African campaign. ; I f'The squadron was .formed in December, ; 1941, -and in June, 1942, went to the Aleutians to fight the Japs", the Ottawa 'air man wrote. "During the next 15 months the squadron took a Very active; part in ridding the Aleu tian Islands of the Japs. Early this year : the squadron came tq Ottawa England and was equipped with Typhoon Fighter Bombers. "Up until D-Day! our pilots took part in the systematic destruction of. bridges ; and special targets in preparation foe the Invasion. On D-Day the squadron gave direct support to the Canadian and British armies j for' the initial landing on the beaches of France; ! Since then we have given close support to out armies with considerable success.. ' - "A photograph of the Squadron is being mailed to you under separate cover and a weekly summary of the squadron's activities will be forwarded regularly as well. ' i "Knowing you as I, do, Sir, I feel sure-you will get 'the people of Ottawa to give all (possible support to the squadron.