Cobden cenotaph honors fallen members of storied RCAF squadron

On Oct. 15, 2017, 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (SOAS) was honored with a cenotaph in the Village of Cobden, Ontario, in remembrance of its fallen aviators.

Largely championed by the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust and 427 SOAS Honorary Col Delbert Lippert, the cenotaph is a milestone in the Squadron's history, being the first dedication of its kind to honor the sacrifices and storied past of 427 Squadron
Largely championed by the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust and 427 SOAS Honorary Col Delbert Lippert, the cenotaph is a milestone in the Squadron’s history, being the first dedication of its kind to honor the sacrifices and storied past of 427 Squadron. National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces Photo
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Now reveling in its 75th anniversary, 427 Squadron was bestowed the recognition alongside former “Lions” and friends of the unit. “As commanding officer of 427 SOAS during its 75th anniversary, I am honored to be part of the unveiling of the cenotaph in Cobden. I would like to extend my appreciation to the community for the continued support and long standing relationship between 427 Squadron and the Whitewater Region,” said LCol Clay Rook, Commanding Officer of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron.

With a distinguished history of aviation excellence dating back to 1942, 427 SOAS continues to support operations around the globe as an integral component of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

Located at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, 427 SOAS is equipped with the CH 146 Griffon helicopter and provides dedicated special operations aviation effects to all of the units within CANSOFCOM.
Located at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, 427 SOAS is equipped with the CH 146 Griffon helicopter and provides dedicated special operations aviation effects to all of the units within CANSOFCOM. National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces Photo

“427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, CANSOFCOM’s ‘Lions,’ are a critical element to our success. They are special forces through and through. I am thrilled to see this storied squadron’s history – and unwritten future accomplishments – being recognized by this momentous dedication.  I am very proud of our world-class aviators who are great RCAF ambassadors within CANSOF,” said MGen Mike Rouleau, Commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

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