1933

The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1933

Stationed at:

  • Bircham Newton (Norfolk)
  • Detached to North Coates Fitties (07/05/1933 to 10/06/1933)
  • Detached to Tangmere (17/07/1933 to 21/07/1933)

Bircham Newton Airfield Plan (1929)


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).

In October 1933, the Wessex Bombing Area, Air Defence of Great Britain, was split into Central Area and Western Area and No. 35 Squadron was placed under the command of Central Area, ADGB.


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader HMK Brown
    • 08/03/1933: Handed over to Squadron Leader JF Gordon DFC
    • 05/05/1933: Handed over to Squadron Leader V Buxton OBE

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing checks and assessments
  • Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Area Exercises (April 1933)
    • Fighter Affiliation Exercise with No. 111 Squadron (June 1933)
    • Fighter Affiliation Exercise with No. 54 Squadron (July 1933)
    • ADGB Exercises [Tangmere] (July 1933)
  • Armament Training (live bombing / firing practice at one of the Armament Training Camps)
    • North Coates Fitties (May and June 1933)
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • Hull Civic Week Display (October 1933)

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)

Extract from the Flying Log Book of RHM Ross
[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Aircraft

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

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FAIRY GORDON

Fairey Gordon Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1933, along with details of known losses and incidents: