1930

The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1930

Stationed at:

  • Bircham Newton (Norfolk)

Role

  • 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

Command

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

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • Squadron Leader BE Harrison

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing checks and assessments
  • Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Camera Obscura (March and April 1930)
    • Fighter Affiliation Exercises [Duxford] (May 1930)
    • Fighting Area Tactical Exercises (May 1930)
    • ADGB Exercise [Upper Heyford] (August 1930)
  • Armament Training (live bombing / firing practice at one of the Armament Training Camps)
    • Catfoss (August 1930)
    • Porton (April and May 1930)
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • Hendon (June 1930)
    • Andover (June 1930)

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)

Events

Squadron aircraft practicing for RAF Display (incl. J9797, J9800, J9820 and J 9822]


Squadron aircraft at the 1930 Royal Pageant, Hendon (Source: British Pathe)


Aircraft

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

FAIREY IIIF

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1930, along with details of known losses and incidents: