Command Structure (Inter War Years)

RESEARCH NOTES

1st March 1929 to October 1933

adgb-structure-1929

When No. 35 Squadron reformed on 1st March 1929 it came under the command of Wessex Bombing Area, Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB), which was one of the Home Commands (along with Inland Area and Coastal Area).

October 1933 to September 1935

As part of the reorganisation of the Home Commands in October 1933, the Wessex Bombing Area was split into Central Area and Western Area.

No. 35 Squadron was placed under the command of Central Area, ADGB.

adgb-structure-1933

September 1935 to August 1936

The squadron was deployed to Sudan between September 1935 and August 1936 and came under the command of No. 5 Wing, Middle East Command.

It is worth noting that whilst the squadron was in Sudan the following changes were made to the structure of the Home Commands:

  • in May 1936 there was a further reorganisation of the Home Commands which resulted in the Central Area being split and renamed No. 1 (Bomber) Group and No. 2 (Bomber) Group, the Western Area being renamed No. 3 (Bomber) Group and No. 1 Air Defence Group being renamed No. 6 (Auxiliary) Group
  • in July 1936 the Air Defence of Great Britain was disbanded; No. 1 (Bomber) Group, No. 2 (Bomber) Group, No. 3 (Bomber) Group and No. 6 (Auxiliary) Group were transferred to the newly formed Bomber Command, with the Fighting Area being transferred to Fighter Command.

August 1936 to September 1939

On its return from the Sudan, the squadron came under the command of No. 2 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command.

adgb-structure-1936

Note: No. 4 (Bomber) Group was formed in April 1937, No.5 (Bomber) Group was formed in September 1937 and No. 6 (Auxiliary) Group was renamed No. 6 (Bomber) Group in January 1939

No 2 Group Structure

No. 2 (Bomber) Group [Source: Extract from Air Force List January 1938]

No. 35 Squadron remained under the command of No. 2 (Bomber) Group until 2nd September 1939 when it transferred, as a non-mobilising squadron, to No. 6 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command