Air cadets squadron researching history

Air cadets have existed in Cranbrook since the 1940s. Do you have information about those early days?


June 2013 marks the 5th Annual Ceremonial Review of 552 Key City Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

After being a satellite flight of 266 Kimberley Squadron, 522 RCACS earned their Charter on March 11, 2009.

This is the third time there has been an air cadet squadron in Cranbrook, beginning with #322 Cranbrook Squadron, 1943-48; followed by #552 Kiwanis Cranbrook Squadron, 1952-57.

The squadron is compiling a history of air cadets in Cranbrook, as part of a provincial initiative, and it is looking for any information and photos from the past two squadrons.

An article was found recently in the “Mt. Baker View Point, 1954” featuring the local squadron. Listed in the article are the following officers and cadets:

• F/O G.A. McDermid

• F/O M.D. McPhee

• F/O R. Allan

• F/Sgt D. Laker

• Sgt G. Logan

• Sgt R. Viher

• Sgt L. Cox

If you have any knowledge about these or other members of original air cadet squadrons, or if you would like to receive more information about the Air Cadet Program and the Annual Ceremonial Review, please contact Sponsoring Committee Chair Rob Kennedy,, or phone 250-426-4147.