As the machine of the Second World War marched on, citizens of
Edmonton were finding that their namesake, the 418 (City of
Edmonton) Squadron, was becoming the top-scoring unit of the
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
The 418 Squadron proved to be among the most proficient units
in day and night fighting, producing one of the most impressive
records in shooting down the V-1 "Buzz bombs," launched in
massive numbers by the Germans to destroy random targets in
Two of the best fighter pilots in the RCAF,
Russell Bannock and
Paul Davoud, commanded the
formidable 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron during WWII.