Introduction

This site is dedicated to all who served with No. 35 Squadron (1916 – 1982) and to the memory of those that lost their life whilst doing so

The aim of this site is to preserve the history of No. 35 Squadron and to ensure that all who served with the squadron, from its earliest beginnings during World War I, through to its latest disbandment in 1982, are always remembered.

It remembers:

… those that served with the squadron during World War I, flying flimsy aircraft over hostile terrain, observing and photographing enemy defences, troop movements and the effects of artillery fire

…. those that served between the two world wars, flying the Fairey Gordon, the Vickers Wellesley, the Fairey Battle and the Bristol Blenheim

….. those that served during World War II, flying the Halifax and the Lancaster over Europe, night after night

…. and those that served in the post war years, flying the Lancaster, the Lincoln, the Washington, the Canberra and the Vulcan

It remembers the ground trades, such as the tinsmiths, sailmakers and riggers from World War I, and the latter day trades such as the flight line mechanics and technicians, working outside in all weathers to ensure that each aircraft was repaired and serviced, ready for the next flight.

…… and those working away in the background, ensuring that equipment, kit and information was always available.

And finally, as well as remembering those that lost their lives in the two world wars, it remembers the survivors, the injured, the escapers and the prisoners of war, who returned to their families and carried their physical and mental scars with them for the rest of their lives.

This was a long term, non commercial, educational project, with information being added to the “repository” as and when time permitted.

Wherever possible, original documents, such as the Operations Record Book, Aircraft Movement Cards and Bomber Command Loss Cards, were used as the primary source of information. However, these documents are known to be inaccurate and errors may have occurred during transcription.

We therefore ask that you use the material on the site in conjunction with other sources to ensure that we do not perpetuate historical inaccuracy.

It is worth adding that forenames (where available) and surnames of personnel who served with the squadron are recorded and no attempt has been made to include their ranks, awards etc. This approach has been adopted to “humanise” the site rather than make it into a formalised “service” site