Boeing B-29 [Washington]

The Boeing B-29 [Washington] was a four-engine long-range bomber which was loaned to the Air Ministry by the USA to enable the RAF to meet its needs during the Cold War.

It was utilised by the squadron for training purposes from February 1950 to September 1951 [whilst it formed the nucleus of the Washington Training Unit] and for operational and training purposes from September 1951 to March 1954

Boeing B-29 [Washington] Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft on charge of No. 35 Squadron

On 23rd February 1950, the squadron was disbanded and its personnel were transferred to RAF Marham to form the nucleus of the Washington Training Unit. More research required to establish aircraft utilised.

On 1st September 1951, No. 35 Squadron reformed with:

  • “A” Flight continuing to train replacement crews for the Washington Squadrons (ie as per the role it had performed at the Washington Training Unit)
  • “B” Flight carrying out normal conventional training exercises equipped with the B-29 Washington

The following shows the serial numbers of the aircraft that are known to have been on charge of the squadron (from September 1951 to March 1954), along with the period that they were on charge:

Serial NoOn ChargeOff Charge
WF43719/12/195222/07/1953
WF49511/03/195326/01/1954
WF49825/03/195322/07/1953
WF57029/06/195114/12/1952
WF57128/06/195124/04/1953
WF57229/06/195122/02/1954
WF57329/06/195115/01/1954
WF57404/07/195102/09/1953
WW34305/07/195124/04/1953
WW34416/07/195122/02/1954
WW34530/07/195222/02/1954
WW34609/10/195214/10/1952
WW34718/02/195316/03/1954
WW34830/07/195205/01/1954
WW35011/06/195222/02/1954
WW35111/06/195215/01/1954

Note: Information based on the Aircraft Movement Cards; other serial numbers were utilised for some exercises etc

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Aircraft losses and incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

1952

1953

1954


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Crew

The Washington was typically crewed by a Pilot, Co-pilot, Nav. Plotter, Nav. Radar, Signaller, Engineer, Central Fire Control, Right Gunner (Scanner), Left Gunner (Scanner), Tail Gunner