The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1935

Stationed at:

  • Bircham Newton (Norfolk)
  • Detached to Mildenhall (01/07/1935 to 06/07/1935)
  • Detached to Catfoss (19/08/1935 to 18/09/1935)
  • UK to Sudan (23/09/1935 to 18/10/1935)
  • Ed Damer [Sudan] (From 18/10/1935)


  • 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


  • Central Area, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB)
  • 23/09/1935: No. 5 Wing, Middle East Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader V Buxton OBE
    • 06/08/1935: Handed over to Squadron Leader AP Ritchie
    • 22/09/1935: Handed over to Squadron Leader C.W. Hill


Events affecting No 35 Squadron

In 1935, the Italians threatened to invade Abyssinia (Abyssinian Crisis) and in September 1935, No. 35 Squadron was sent to the region as part of the RAF’s commitment to policing the Empire.

Activities (to 23rd September 1935)

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)
    • Catfoss (August to September)
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • Royal Review [Mildenhall] (July 1935)

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 Park at the Royal Review

Activities (From 23rd September 1935)

Extract from Log Book of R Ross [MAHC]


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



Fairey Gordon Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1935, along with details of known losses and incidents: