1934

The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1934

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

  • Central Area, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB)

Diagram showing the structure of the RAF Home Commands


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • 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
    • None Recorded (as parts of the Record Book are missing)
  • Armament Training (live bombing / firing practice at one of the Armament Training Camps)
    • North Coates Fitties
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • King and Queen’s Visit (May 1934)
    • Empire Air Display (September 1934)

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]


Events

K2689 taking part in ADGB Exercises (July 1934)
[Air Pictorial]


Empire Air Day
Newspapers reporting on the visit of the King and Queen on 24th May 1934 show the following: “The King and Queen had a day of thrills when they visited the RAF aerodrome at Bircham Newton, Norfolk yesterday. It was their first visit to a Service aerodrome since the War and it gave a great impetus to the first Empire Air Day.


Aircraft

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

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FAIREY 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 1934, along with details of known losses and incidents: