1931

The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1931

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).

Diagram showing the structure of the RAF Home Commands


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader BE Harrison
    • 08/08/1931: Handed over to Squadron Leader HMK Brown

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing checks and assessments)
  • Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • ADGB Exercise (July 1931)
    • Reconnaissance Exercise [Aldershot] (August 1931)
    • Reconnaissance Exercise [Salisbury] (August 1931)
    • Long distance, formation flying at high altitude exercise (including use of oxygen) (September 1931)
    • Mobilisation Exercise (October 1931)
    • Camera Obscura Exercises [Birmingham, Bristol and Lincoln] (November 1931)
  • 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

Note: The Record Book appears to be missing the pages up to July 1931

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)

Aircraft

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

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Fairey IIIF

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1931, along with details of known losses and incidents: