1937

The squadron operated as a light, day bomber squadron throughout 1937

Stationed at:

  • RAF Worthy Down (Hampshire)
  • Detached to Aldergrove (12/04/1937 to 01/05/1937)

Role

  • Light, day bomber squadron for despatch overseas in times of emergency, in support of the RAF’s role in maintaining law and order in overseas territories

Command

  • No. 2 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader AG Thackray

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing checks and assessments
  • Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • No. 2 (Bomber) Group Exercises (August 1937)
  • Armament Training (live bombing / firing practice at one of the Armament Training Camps)
    • Aldegrove (April)
  • Displays (to ensure ongoing public awareness of the need for a highly trained, efficient air force during peacetime)
    • Coronation Duties [Andover] (May 1937)
    • Coronation Duties [Cardiff] (July 1937)

Ground Personnel

  • Daily servicing, ongoing maintenance and scheduled servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

Events

21st Birthday Celebrations
[Source: Flightglobal 14th January 1937]


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from its own establishment):

FAIREY GORDON

Fairey Gordon Profile © Malcolm Barrass


VICKERS WELLESLEY

No. 35 Squadron took delivery of its first Vickers Wellesley on 15th July 1937.

Vickers Wellesley Profile © Malcolm Barrass

In August 1937, a Wellesley Development Flight was established in “A” Flight to do 500 hours of development trials (using K7736, K7738 and K7739). K7751 was transferred to the development flight following the loss of K7738.

The following pages identify the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1937, along with details of known losses and incidents: