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is a daily summary of events for  RCAF Squadron 439 as recorded in the  439 Squadron Operations Record Books (RAF Forms 540 and 541) for the years 1944 and 1945. Form 540 was used primarily to record daily domestic and administrative happening  such as transfers, postings, promotions, deployments, charges, operational losses, and other  extraordinary events experienced by the Squadron. It provides excellent background colour to the fairly statistically dry mission summaries of the 541 which records mission type, aircraft tail numbers  and  pilots involved , as well as hours flown, type of armament used, mission results (successes or failures) and claims.

In as much as possible this is a verbatim transcription of these documents, the only editing being minor grammatical corrections such as sentence structure and the inclusion of paragraphs to facilitate reading. One other key change but unobtrusive change was to identify references to 439 as "Squadron" vice "squadron".

This Day in History is an on going work so that not all of the diaries and summaries have been entered yet and so keep coming back to check on the progress. Although the material is readily available in archives in Ottawa, they are in a Photostat as opposed to text format, and a fee is charged for each page requisitioned. The pages attached to this segment represent thousands of hours of personal effort, I won't charge a fee, but ask that you respect the Terms of Use

Clicking  on any Month / Day  will launch two new windows focusing on the  events that occurred for that day in 1944 and 1945. 

 

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