1982 (Squadron Disbanded)

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron until 28th February 1982 when it was disbanded

Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander NI Hamilton

Strength


Events affecting the squadron

The beginning of the end (Extract from the squadron’s Record Book)

“At the start of 1982, the Vulcan only has 6 months of its 26 years life left. 35 Squadron has only 2 months to go and the station is already feeling the effects of the rundown of the V-Force. At present plans for Scampton are for it to go into care and maintenance, perhaps to reopen as a home for Central Flying School and the Red Arrows. The squadron has eight aircraft at the moment in varying states of repair, although there is no longer much flying expected other than for rangers and Red Flag”


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses in subjects such as Intelligence, Weapons and Aircraft Systems
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
    • As per Basic Training Requirement (BTR) Programme
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Rangers
    • Goose Bay / Offutt
  • Navigation and Bombing Competitions
    • Red Flag 82-2 (January / February 1982)

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations
  • Administrative Duties

Events

EXERCISE RED FLAG

Crew 58 represented 35 Squadron as one of the 5 Vulcan crews participating in Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Crew: GA Willoughby Crisp (Captain), JA Barden (Co-Pilot), SG Mander (Nav-Radar), GC Daffarn (Nav-Plotter), RW Thompson (AEO)

[With kind permission of Elfed Higgins]


DISBANDMENT PARADE (26th February 1982)

On 26th February 1982, the squadron standard was paraded for the last time before being taken to RAF Cranwell for safe keeping. The final entry in the squadron’s Record Book reads “The Squadron Standard will be taken to RAF Cranwell for safekeeping on Monday 1st March. Sadly, there are no plans for this famous and honourable Squadron to reform”

[Photograph courtesy of Les Ainsley]


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from its own establishment):

AVRO VULCAN B2

Avro Vulcan Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron whilst stationed at Scampton, along with details of known losses and incidents: