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

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

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):

J9073

  • On Charge 31/07/1931
  • Off Charge 06/07/1932

J9167

  • On Charge 07/12/1931
  • Off Charge 29/07/1932

J9171

  • On Charge 10/11/1930
  • Off Charge 27/07/1932

J9674

  • On Charge 25/09/1930
  • Off Charge 05/07/1932

J9784[1]

  • On Charge 05/11/1929
  • Off Charge 16/12/1929

J9784[2]

  • On Charge 11/02/1931
  • Off Charge 29/07/1932

J9785

  • On Charge 05/11/1929
  • Off Charge 30/09/1932

J9786

  • On Charge 12/11/1929
  • Off Charge 01/08/1930

J9787[1]

  • On Charge 12/11/1929
  • Off Charge 08/01/1930

J9787[2]

  • On Charge 17/04/1930
  • Off Charge 29/07/1932

J9788

  • On Charge 20/11/1929
  • Off Charge 30/09/1932

J9789

  • On Charge 13/11/1929
  • Off Charge 01/04/1931

J9790

  • On Charge 20/11/1929
  • Off Charge 01/04/1931

J9791

  • On Charge 26/11/1929
  • Off Charge 01/07/1931

J9797

  • On Charge 04/01/1930
  • Off Charge 01/07/1931

J9798

  • On Charge 06/01/1930
  • Off Charge 30/09/1932

J9799

  • On Charge 20/01/1930
  • Off Charge 28/06/1932

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows: