Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 1: Canadian Vickers (Supermarine) Stranraer

Canadian Vickers (Supermarine) Stranraer

Data Current to 8 March 2020.

 (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadian Vickers (Supermarine 304) Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 937), 9 (BR) Squadron, coming into dock after a patrol flight at Bella Bella, a passage that runs up between Campbell Island and Denny Island on Canada's West Coast, ca 1940s.  Note the two depth charges under the starboard wing, and the drogue/sea anchor hanging from the middle hatch just behind the depth charges.

The Canadian Vickers (Supermarine 304) Stranraer was a 1930s flying boat that entered operations in 1937.  Many were in service at the outbreak of the Second World War, carrying out anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols.  In addition to British-built aircraft, the Canadian Vickers company in Montreal, Quebec, built 40 Stranraers under licence for the RCAF.  The RCAF Stranraers served in anti-submarine and coastal defence capacities on both Canada's Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and remained in service until 1946.  Following their withdrawal from military service, many Canadian Stranraers were sold off to fledgeling regional airlines and they served in commercial passenger and freighter operation well into the 1950s.  (Wikipedia)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer (40), (Serial Nos. 907, 908, 909, 910, 911, 912, 913, 914, 915, 916, 918, 919, 920, 921, 922, 923, 927, 928, 929, 930, 931, 932, 933, 934, 935, 936, 937, 938, 947, 948, 949, 950, 951, 952, 953, 954, 955, 956 and 957).

 (British Columbia Aviation Museum Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer (Serial No. 932), ca 1942.

 (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF, being refueled at night.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 952), at the San Francisco Coast Guard Air Station, 23 Nov 1941.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 913), QN-B, No. 5 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron, operating out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

  (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 914), QN-O.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 914), QN-O.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 937).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584227)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF, Apr 1949.

  (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 937), QN-O.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203454)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 912).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584228)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 954), coded BD-H, in flight, 7 Apr 1949.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581388)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 912), 13 July 1939.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650431)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 902), Jericho Beach, British Columbia, 1936.

(Comox Air Force Museum Photo via WO CD Cunningham)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 935), No. 6 (BR), at Alliford Bay, BC, in 1941.  Note the unit code of XE for 6 (BR) Sqn. XE-C is underlined indicating a home based squadron . Tragically on 14 Feb 1943, while on a training flight, this Stranraer crashed in Skidegate Channel between Maude and Lina Islands.  P/O DS MacLennan, P/O LG Thompson, P/O FW McConkey, Accounts Officer CT Fields, Sgt JO Gilmour and Cpl JP Spraling were all killed.  Sqn members sent out to investigate the crash site found a lot of debris and a large number od dead fish floating all over the area. From the evidence they concluded that the aircraft's four depth charges had exploded on impact.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3553994)

Canadian Vickers Stranraers under construction, Canadian Vickers Plant.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3651067)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 907), Feb 1942.

 (British Columbia Aviation Museum Photo) 

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 921), No. 13 Operational Training Sqn, Patricia Bay, British Columba, ca 1942.  

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM336-S3-2-: CVA 677-380)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 912), stationed at Jericho Beach.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Vickers Stranraer Air Gunner L.A.C. Jacques Louis of St. Marie de Beauce, Quebec manning his Browning Machine Gun in the nose turret position, on Canada's West Coast, 18 July 1942.

RCAF patrol areas on Canada's West coast during the Second World War.

Stranraers were flown out of several air stations set up on the west coast of Vancouver Island and further up the coast of British Columbia and the Queen Charlotte Islands (now known as the Haida Gwaii Islands).  The Stranraers were flown on the west coast of Canada further into the Second World War than the squadrons east coast which switched over to the Catalinas and Cansos because of the higher threat from the German Navy than was being experienced on the west coast from Japan.  The map attached shows the more northern portion of their stations and patrol areas with the northern tip of Vancouver Island just visible at the bottom of the map.  (Victor Penner)