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

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

Stationed at:

  • Bircham Newton (Norfolk)


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


  • Wessex Bombing Area, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB)
ADGB Structure 1929


  • Commanding Officer: Squadron Leader BE Harrison
  • Strength:
    • Pilots (Commissioned), Pilots (Non Commissioned), Officers (HQ), Other Ranks (Air Gunners and Ground Personnel)


  • Continuation Training
  • Operational Training
  • Ongoing Assessments (Air Pilotage, Photography and Signals)
  • Air Tests
  • Operations and Exercises included:
    • 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)


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

Fairey IIIF


Fairey IIIF Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft serials that are known to have been on charge of the squadron during the year were as follows: J9785, J9786, J9787, J9788, J9789, J9790, J9791, J9797, J9798, J9799, J9800, J9820, J9821, J9822, J9674, J9171

More details on the Fairey IIIF can be found on the following page:

Aircraft losses and incidents 

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

  • None Recorded