173 Squadron History

The Squadron was formed on October 15th, 1942 under the command of Flight Lieutenant V.P. Carswell, when the Rotary Club of Trenton Ontario decided to sponsor an Air Cadet League Squadron for two years. The squadron's parades were held in the basement of College Street School where 40 cadets were trained twice a week. On October 16th, 1944 The Trenton Rotary Club decided to terminate their sponsorship of the squadron. Fortunately for the squadron, the sponsorship was immediately picked up by the city's public High school: Trenton High School where it remains to this day. Currently the squadron maintains a strong membership of cadets, officers, and Civilian Instructors, plus several volunteer members of the Canadian Forces as Instructing Staff.

Past Commanding Officers

This is a list of the Commanding Officers for the squadron from 1942 to the present day.

 

1942 - 1945   Flt/Lt V.P Carswell

1945 - 1957   S/L W.G. Spencer, CD

1957 - 1963   S/L T.W. Spear, CD     

1963 - 1966   S/L J.F Rowe                

1966 - 1968   Capt W.M. Mack

1968 - 1969   Capt D.A. Pettigrew

1969 - 1971   Capt J.W. Kaine, CD

1971 - 1974   Capt G.L. Miluck, CD

1974 - 1976   Capt R.G. Brewer, CD

1976 - 1978   Capt T.R. Hagh, CD

1978 - 1979   Capt M. Robbie   

1979 - 1982   Capt T.R. Hagh, CD   

1982 - 1985   Maj M.N Savino, CD   

1985 - 1988   Capt J.D. Beeg   

1988 - 1989   Capt D.M. Cameron, CD   

1989 - 1990   Capt R.D. Statia, CD   

1990 - 1991   Capt K.G. Musson, CD   

1991 - 1995   Capt J.M. Ratchford, CD   

1995 - 1999   Maj S.E. MacLean, CD   

1999 - 2001     Capt J. Lane, CD

2001 - 2002     Maj S.E. MacLean, CD

2002 - 2005     Capt J. Lane, CD

2005 - 2009     Capt C. Harvey

2009 - 2011     Capt J. Haigh

2011 - 2014     Capt T. Edwards

2014 - 2017     Capt S. Knautz, CD

2017 - 2019     Capt F. Lachapelle

2019 - 2020     Lt (N) M. Andersen

2020 -               Lt D. Woodbeck, CD2