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The Squadron's Beginning

Early in 1960, at an executive meeting of 413 Air Force City Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, it was suggested that Len McGaughey, President, and Tom Heatherington, Treasurer, approach Group Captain Williams, Base Commander of CFB Trenton, with the intent to form an Air Cadet Squadron at the base. Supporting Air Cadets was one of the prime aims of each Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association. G/C Williams was enthusiastic and offered training facilities and offices in the old Seaplane Hangar. In a short period of time, there were a number of boys from the sponsors as well as children of base personnel. With the help of Group Captain Ross, from Kingston, the Squadron applied for a charter, naming the Squadron "Air Force City". A group of mothers formed the Ladies Auxiliary and held functions raise money in aide of the Squadron. Although they had been meeting for several weeks, on November 3, 1960, they received their charter and Flight Lieutenant Radcliff was appointed 704 Squadron's first Commanding Officer.

 Commanding Officers

1960 - 1961 F/L Radcliff 1997 - 1999 Capt Clare
1961 - 1963 F/L Seeley 1999 - 2000 Capt Kwong
1963 - 1965 F/L Ralston 2000 - 2001 Maj Pepper
1965 - 1966 F/L Martin 2001 - 2004 Maj Duthie
1966 - 1968 Capt Smith 2004 - 2007 Capt Haigh
1968 - 1973 Capt Benham   2007 - 2010 Capt Kendall
1973 - 1977 Capt Jones 2010 - 2014 Capt Watts
1977 - 1981 Maj Sopaz 2014 -2017 Capt Kendall
1981 - 1983 Maj Strange 2017- Capt Dixon
1983 - 1985 Capt Knight
1985 - 1987 Maj Verch
1987 - 1990 Maj Bulmer
1990 - 1991 Capt Vermaat
1991 - 1994 Maj Thistle
1994 - 1997 Maj Thomas

 Squadron Cadet Commanders

2015 - 2016 WOII Burnett 2016 - 2017 WO1 Fyfe
2014 - 2015 WOII Harrison 2013 - 2014 WOII Woodbeck
2012 - 2013 WOI Ventrese 2011 - 2012 WOI Galt

 


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