1929 (Squadron Reformed)

No. 35 Squadron reformed as a light, day bomber squadron at Bircham Newton on 1st March 1929

Stationed at:

  • Bircham Newton (Norfolk)

Bircham Newton 1929


  • Light, day bomber squadron for despatch overseas in times of emergency, in support of the RAF’s role in maintaining law and order in overseas territories


  • Wessex Bombing Area, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB)

Diagram showing the structure of the RAF Home Commands

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Flight Lieutenant LM Elworthy
    • 12/03/1929: Handed over to Squadron Leader GSM Insall VC MC.
    • 10/07/1929: Handed over to Squadron Leader BE Harrison

Strength (Working up to HQ and 3 Flights)


Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing checks and assessments
  • Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • None Recorded
  • Armament Training (live bombing / firing practice at one of the Armament Training Camps)
    • None Recorded
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • None Recorded

Ground Personnel

  • Daily servicing, ongoing maintenance and scheduled servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)


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


The squadron was initially equipped with “five DH9A airframes and four Liberty engines”. Additional DH9A were acquired and by September 1929 the squadron had 12 aircraft on charge.

DH9A Profile © Malcolm Barrass


On 5th November 1929, “A” Flight started to re-equip with the Fairey IIIF (with Napier XIA engines), a single-engine, general purpose / light bomber, with a two-man crew. “B” Flight started to re-equip on 12th November 1929. (C Flight re-equipped in January 1930)

Fairey IIIF Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following pages identify the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1929, along with details of known losses and incidents: