Lest We Forget
Our Remembrances section pays tribute to the members of our squadron that gave their today for our tomorrow; not to belittle the thousands that served and lived with wounds both physical and emotional. Our Roll of Honour lists the deaths through combat, illness in captivity, execution or accident, along with the survivors of each story. Some were experienced, decorated airmen, while others were on their very first mission; the sacrifice remains equal. The Thunderbirds lost 20 Wellingtons, 33 Lancasters and 38 Halifaxs through the dark days, and then victory of World War II, the greatest and most tragic air war mankind is likely ever to experience. While open to debate, it has been theorized that Canada's greatest contribution to the war was the bomber squadrons that tied up hundreds of thousands of German soldiers that would have otherwise defeated Russia. A close second would be the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan which, happily, the current squadron echoes today as a training unit.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. Indeed, they are remembered every day, by family, by friends, and by serving members as they pass by the commemoration at the front doors of Dishforth Building, home of 426 Squadron.