Aerodrome Defence Companies, Canada 1942-1944

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Aerodrome Defence Companies, Canada 1942-1944

Post by Temujin » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:18 pm

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Aerodrome Defence Companies, Canada 1942-1944

Defence of Canadian airfields became a specialized tasking, with dedicated units of the Active Army in Canada trained to respond to threats to the airfields. The organization of the airfield defence units evolved over the period of their existence. The Aerodrome Defence Platoons were the first manifestation of the force, but due to the inordinate amount of administrative work placed upon the platoon officer, the establishment was changed to company strength in November of 1942.

General Order No. 495/1942, Dated: 31st December, 1942, Effective Date: 23rd November, 1942.

G.O. 495/42 – CONVERSION AND REDESIGNATION – ACTIVE UNITS –

1. The Conversion and Redesignation of the under mentioned Active Units of The Canadian Army is hereby authorized:

Present Conversion and

Serial Designation Serial Redesignation Authorized

1301 1st Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1301 1st Aerodrome Defence Company

1302 2nd Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1302 2nd Aerodrome Defence Company

1303 3rd Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1302 3rd Aerodrome Defence Company

1304 4th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1304 4th Aerodrome Defence Company

1305 5th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1305 5th Aerodrome Defence Company

1306 6th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1306 6th Aerodrome Defence Company

1307 7th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1307 7th Aerodrome Defence Company

1308 8th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1308 8th Aerodrome Defence Company

1309 9th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1309 9th Aerodrome Defence Company

1310 10th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1310 10th Aerodrome Defence Company

1311 11th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1311 11th Aerodrome Defence Company

1312 12th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1312 12th Aerodrome Defence Company

1313 13th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1313 13th Aerodrome Defence Company

1314 14th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1314 14th Aerodrome Defence Company

1315 15th Aerodrome Defence Platoon 1315 15th Aerodrome Defence Company

Even with this reorganization, the management and control of the air defence companies continued to be an administrative headache, and the companies were allocated to two Air Defence Battalions, effective 19th July, 1943. These new air field defence battalions were formed by converting two existing Canadian regiments, the 1st Battalion, Le Regiment de Chateauguay, to the 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (Mit.), C.I.C. and the 3rd Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment, C.I.C. to the 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion(The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C. All existing Aerodrome Defence Companies were put under their command, with the 1st Airfield Defence Battalion under Atlantic Command, and the 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion under Pacific Command.

General Order No. 439/1943, Dated: 1st November, 1943, Effective Date: 19th July, 1943.

G.O. 439/43 – SERIAL NUMBERS – ALLOTMENT OF – The following Serial Numbers are hereby alloted to the various Sub-Units of Serial 1071 – 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C. and Serial 1073 – 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C., as indicated hereunder:

Serial Unit

1071A Battalion Headquarters, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.), C.I.C.

1071B No. 1 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1071C No. 2 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1071D No. 3 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1071E No. 4 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1071F No. 5 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1071G No. 6 Company, 1st Airfield Defence Battalion (Le Regiment de Chateauguay (M.G.)), C.I.C.

1073A Battalion Headquarters, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073B No. 1 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073C No. 2 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073D No. 3 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073E No. 4 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073F No. 5 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073G No. 6 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073H No. 7 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073J No. 8 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

1073K No. 9 Company, 2nd Airfield Defence Battalion (The Regina Rifle Regiment), C.I.C.

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Re: Aerodrome Defence Companies, Canada 1942-1944

Post by Temujin » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:28 pm

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Group photograph of the 8th Aerodrome Defence Company, No.1 Platoon at the training facility at CFB Borden,

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