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No. 8 Wing / No. 429TH SQUADRON 
CFB Trenton, Ottawa Canada
Photo By: Cpl Tom Parker                                                                                                                       CAF
Canada's first CC-177 arrives at its new home at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton 12 August 2007 for operations with 429 Squadron.
Photo BY: Cpl Tom Parker                                                                                  CAF

First CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft along with members from 429 Transport Squadron on hand for the homecoming of the aircraft to 8 Wing Trenton

Photo By: Sgt. Kevin MacAulay                                                                                          CF Combat Camera
Pallets of relief supplies are loaded onto Canada’s first CC-177 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft on August 23 2007, based at 429 Transport Squadron CFB Trenton, ON.
photo by Private Frieda Van Putten                                                                   cAF

From August 1981 until deactivation in July 2005, the Canadian Air Forces 429 Sq flew the C-130 Hercules from CFB Winnipeg & CFB Trenton before the aircraft and personnel were absorbed by the 436 Transport Squadron.

boeing Photo                                                                                                          


 No. 429 Squadron 

No. 429 Squadron formed at East Moor in Yorkshire on 7 November 1942 and was equipped with Vickers Wellington Mk IIIs. It began operations with this type in January 1943 as part of No. 6 Group, operating by night over Europe on bombing and mining missions. In August 1943 it moved to Leeming where it re-equipped with Handley Page Halifax Mk I, resuming operations in September. Augmented by Mk Vs, these were flown regularly night by night on bombing raids until March 1944, when the more powerful Halifax Mk III replaced them. This version bore the brunt of No. 429's war, putting in a full year's operations during the very heavy raids which were the culmination of Bomber Command's wartime attack on Germany. In March 1945 No. 429 re-equipped with Avro Lancaster Mk Is and Mk IIIs, and used these briefly on operations before the war in Europe ended. Thereafter the squadron remained in Bomber Command, flying POW repatriation duties and normal exercises until disbanding at Leeming on 31 May 1946.

Reformed as a Tactical Transport unit at RCAF Station St Hubert (Montreal), Quebec on 21 August 1967, the squadron flew  fifteen aircraft acquired by the RCAF between 1965 and December 1968 for the Canadian Forces Mobile Command. On 1 February 1968 was integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces as the Air Navigation and Instrument rating squadron of the Canadian Forces. On September 1, 1970 the 429 Sq was disbanded with the Buffalo's going to No. 440 Squadron and No. 424 Squadron, as well, four Buffalo aircraft, on a rotational basis, were assigned to No. 116 Air Transport Unit (452, 460, 461 and 463) which operated from Ismailia, Egypt in support of UN operations. 

In August 1981 is was renamed 429 Transport Squadron and soon after moved to CFB Winnipeg. In 1990 it moved to CFB Trenton where where it continued flying the CC-130 until its deactivation in July of 2005. 

In 2007 the Canadian Air Force announced the re-establishment of 429 Transport Squadron to fly the newly acquired C-17, the squadron is based at 8 Wing / CFB Trenton.

Assigned Aircraft

  • Wellington III (November 1942 - August 1943)

  • Wellington X (January 1943 - August 1943)

  • Halifax II (August 1943 - January 1944)

  • Halifax V (November 1943 - March 1944)

  • Halifax III (April 1944 - April 1945)

  • Lancaster I/III (April 1945 - May 1946)

  • CC-115 Buffalo (August 1967 - September 1970)

  • CC-130 Hercules (August 1981- July 2005)

  • CC-17 Globemaster III (August 2007 - )


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