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

Crew / Crew Positions

The Fairey IIIF was typically crewed by a pilot and an 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

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: