Fairey Battle MKI

The Fairey Battle MKI was a single-engine light bomber, powered by Merlin I, II or III engines, which was used by the squadron for training purposes from April 1938 to April 1940

Fairey Battle Profile A

Fairey Battle Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft on charge of No. 35 Squadron 

No. 35 Squadron received its first Fairey Battle (K7695), a dual control aircraft on 1st  April 1938.

Having moved to RAF Cottesmore (20th April 1938), it re-equipped with the Fairey Battle and by 20th May 1938 it had its establishment number of 16 on strength.

In October 1938, the squadron exchanged its Merlin II aircraft for Merlin I aircraft from No. 226 Squadron and establishment numbers were increased from 16 to 21.

Merlin I aircraft were replaced by Merlin II aircraft in January / February 1939

In August 1939, establishment numbers were further increased and the squadron took delivery of a number of Merlin III aircraft.

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

MKI Merlin I SerialsOn ChargeOff Charge
K758814/10/193817/02/1939
K759024/10/193815/02/1939
K759315/10/193803/04/1939
K759514/10/193816/02/1939
K759614/10/193815/02/1939
K759714/10/193817/03/1939
K759815/10/193816/02/1939
K760015/10/193809/03/1939
K761924/10/193815/02/1939
K762015/10/193816/02/1939
K762415/10/193816/02/1939
K917620/05/193814/10/1938
K917705/05/193824/10/1938
K917811/05/193824/01/1939
K917906/05/193820/06/1938
K918006/05/193824/10/1938
K918211/05/193814/10/1938
K918311/05/193814/10/1938
K924628/09/193921/10/1939
K946924/01/193905/05/1939
K947024/01/193925/10/1939
K947130/01/193927/02/1940
K947230/01/193929/10/1939
K947330/01/193905/11/1939
K947430/01/193909/04/1940
K947530/01/193922/11/1939
K947630/01/193909/04/1940
K947830/01/193909/04/1940
K947906/02/193927/08/1939
K948006/02/193922/04/1940
K948106/02/193904/04/1940
MKI Merlin II Serials
K769315/10/193815/02/1939
K769415/10/193816/03/1939
K769501/04/193822/04/1940
K770522/04/193814/10/1938
K770625/04/193814/10/1938
K770724/04/193814/10/1938
K770827/04/193814/10/1938
K770929/04/193814/10/1938
K771030/04/193814/10/1938
K771130/04/193814/10/1938
K771202/05/193814/10/1938
L497404/02/193909/04/1940
L497504/02/193922/04/1940
L497604/02/193922/04/1940
L497704/02/193902/03/1940
L497807/02/193904/03/1940
L498007/02/193927/08/1939
L498107/02/193902/03/1940
MKI Merlin III Serials
L518324/10/193925/01/1940
L526301/08/193912/12/1939
L526408/08/193905/03/1940
L526508/08/193922/04/1940
L526610/08/193922/04/1940
L526730/09/193922/04/1940
L526811/08/193915/03/1940
L526910/08/193911/01/1940
L527011/08/193913/12/1939
L527101/09/193909/04/1940
L527211/08/193905/03/1940
L527311/08/193909/04/1940

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

1938

The squadron aircraft were grounded following the force landing of K9179 on 20th June 1938 to enable Rolls Royce engineers to check the boost control valve needles.

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

1939

1940

Photo Gallery


Notes:

  1. The squadron’s records show that twelve of its aircraft were swapped with aircraft of No.  226 Squadron in October 1938
  2. Establishment numbers were increased in 1939
  3. The squadron Operations Record Book shows that the squadron relinquished all its Fairey Battle and became a Bristol Blenheim only squadron when it moved to RAF Upwood on 1st February 1940. However, the AM 78 (Movement Cards) suggest that the squadron did not relinquish all its Fairey Battle in February 1940. Aircraft that were still on charge of the squadron when it disbanded in April 1940 were transferred to 17 Operational Training Unit

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Crew / Crew Positions

The Fairey Battle was typically crewed by a pilot and wireless operator / air gunner (with capability to carry an observer [bomb aimer] in a prone position)

Battle Interior
Battle Cutaway2

The interior of the Battle, the second diagram showing the observer in the prone position

Equipment

It was armed with:

  • 1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine gun in the starboard wing
  • 1× .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K machine gun in the rear cabin

It could carry 4 × 250 lb (110 kg) bombs internally and 500 lb (230 kg) of bombs in under-wing racks