Aircraft Detection Corps Newfoundland

Aircraft Identity Corps Newfoundland
The Defense Medal has been awarded for service in the Aircraft Detection Corps (Newfoundland).
Active 1940 - 1943
Country  Newfoundland
Type Civil defence organisation.
Role Aircraft recognition and reporting (1940 - 1943)
Engagements World War II

The Aircraft Detection Corps Newfoundland was created by the Commission of Government of the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Aircraft Detection Corps Newfoundland was an all-volunteer civilian unit meant to observe for suspicious planes and ships. Some participants have qualified for the Defence Medal.[1]

The Commissioner of Defence for Newfoundland was L. E. Emerson. In 1942 he amalgamated the Newfoundland Aircraft Detection Corps with the Canadian Aircraft Identity Corps.

In the spring of 1942, the Aircraft Detection Corps volunteers received manila envelopes with a letter from L. E. Emerson, Commissioner of Defence for Newfoundland stating that "Aircraft Identity Corps Newfoundland" would be reorganized as an instrument of the Royal Canadian Air Force. In the same package was a letter from Flight Lieutenant H. H. Graham, who was the commanding officer of Torbay Airport (No. 1 Group R.C.A.F. St. John's). The envelope had glossaries of airplanes and ships; an Aircraft Identity Corps identity card and instructions. At war's end the volunteers also received a brass Volunteer Aircraft Observers button for his lapel pin and certificate of thanks from Canada's Department of National Defence.

See also


  1. "St. John's couple honoured for civil defence during WWII". CBC News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
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