Fairey IIIF

The Fairey IIIF was a single-engine general purpose / light bomber used by the squadron for training and operational purposes from November 1929 until September 1932

Fairey IIIF Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft on charge of No. 35 Squadron

No. 35 Squadron’s Operations Record Book (ORB) shows that it re-equipped with the Fairey IIIF as follows:

  • A Flight: 05/11/1929 to 12/11/1929
  • B Flight: 12/11/1929 to 26/11/1929
  • C Flight: 06/01/1930 to 21/01/1930

It is assumed that each flight were allocated 4 aircraft (making establishment of 12+ aircraft)

The following shows the serial numbers of aircraft that are known to have been on charge of the squadron, along with the period that they were on charge (where known):

Serial No.On ChargeOff Charge
J907331/07/193106/07/1932
J916707/12/193129/07/1932
J917110/11/193027/07/1932
J967425/09/193005/07/1932
J9784[1]05/11/192916/12/1929
J9784[2]11/02/193129/07/1932
J978505/11/192930/09/1932
J978612/11/192901/08/1930
J9787[1]12/11/192908/01/1930
J9787[2]17/04/193029/07/1932
J978820/11/192930/09/1932
J978913/11/192901/04/1931
J979020/11/192901/04/1931
J979126/11/192901/07/1931
J979704/01/193001/07/1931
J979806/01/193030/09/1932
J979920/01/193028/06/1932

Aircraft losses and incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Crew / Crew Positions

The Fairey IIIF was typically crewed by a pilot and an observer / air gunner

Equipment

It was armed with two guns:

  • 1 × forward firing .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun
  • 1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis Gun in a flexible mount for the observer

It could carry up to 500 lb (227 kg) bombs on underwing racks