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Squadron History

Squadron History

The Thorold Flying Dragons was the fifth Air Cadet Squadron in the Niagara area. The squadron was formed on April 29, 1942.

The squadron was chartered in only the second year of the Air Cadet movement. In the late 1940’s the unit became a High School Squadron which had the first year high school boys joining the squadron. Though no longer a High School Squadron, 128 still parades in the City of Thorold with their local headquarters out of the Trinity United Church and are proud to serve over 70 years for and with the City.

Brief Chronology

Formed in Thorold, ON  29 Apr 1942
Female cadets allowed in Air Cadets  31 Jul 1975
Celebrated 50th Anniversary  29 Apr 1992
Official Crest approved by ACLHQ  15 Dec 1996
Local headquarters – Monsignor Clancy School  01 Oct 2000
Celebrated 60th Anniversary  29 Apr 2002
Local headquarters – Trinity United Church  01 Sep 2008
Celebrated 70th Anniversary  29 Apr 2012
  
Nicknames  
“Thorold High”  April 1942
“Thorold”  February 1965
“Thorold Flying Dragons”  December 1996
  
Awards and Competitions  
Freedom of the City (Thorold)
2002
 
  
Lord Strathacona Award
for most proficient Squadron

1947, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1963
 
  
Top Niagara Region Tri-Service Cadet Unit
1997
 
  
Lord Strathacona Medal recipients
(Lord Strathacona Trust)

FSGT S Bredl (2015)
WO2 J Willett (2011)
WOI JB McNaughton (2002)
FSGT W Farrell (2001)
FSGT D Dekker (2000)
  
Royal Canadian Legion
Cadet Medal of Excellence recipients

FSGT N Donato (2015)
WOII J Roblin (2011)
WOII J Willett (2010)
FSGT I Willett (2008)
WOII W DiFruscio (2007)
WOII R McConnery (2006)
WOI C Ketler (2005)
WOII C Brien (2003)
WOI JB McNaughton (2001)
WOI L Puddester (1999)
WOII TL Dekker (1998)
WOI JL Heath (1997)
WOII J McCormack (1996)
WOII JL Koch (1991)
  
Douglas Bader Battle of Britain
Memorial Sword Award
(Top Niagara Air Group Warrant Officer)

WOI JB McNaughton (2002)
WOI JL Heath (1997)
  
Niagara Air Group Oratory Competition
(Top Niagara Air Group Cadet)

Sgt D Speed (2003)
WOII TL Dekker (1997)
FSgt TL Dekker (1996)
 
  
Zone 6 Air Rifle Competition (Top Unit)
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
 
  
Western Ontario Area Drill Team Competition
2007 (With Arms)