Command Structure (WWII)

RESEARCH NOTES

03/09/1939 to 30/04/1940

At the outbreak of war (3rd September 1939), No. 35 Squadron was confirmed in its role as a non-mobilising unit tasked with “training pilots, air observers and air gunners to replace casualties incurred by No. 15 and No. 40 Squadron as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force [AASF]“.

It came under the command of No. 6 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command.

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On 1st October 1939, it amalgamated with No. 207, No. 53 and No. 63 Squadron to form No. 1 Group Pool, which was tasked with “training pilots, air observers and air gunners to replace casualties incurred by all ten bomber squadrons in the Advanced Air Striking Force [AASF]“. It remained under the command of No. 6 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command.


On 30th April 1940 the squadron (as part of No. 1 Group Pool) merged with No. 90 Squadron to form No. 17 Operational Training Unit (OTU) and it ceased to exist as a separate entity


05/11/1940 to 17/08/1942

No. 35 Squadron reformed on 5th November 1940  and came under the command of No. 4 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command.

It was designated as a “heavy bomber squadron, tasked with bringing the Handley Page Halifax into operational service”


17/08/1942 to 13/01/1943

On 17th August 1942 the squadron, along with No. 7,  No. 83,  No. 109 and No. 156 Squadron, was incorporated into the newly formed Pathfinder Force which was tasked with “finding, illuminating and/or marking the target so that the remainder of the bombing force could accurately bomb the aiming point”.


13/01/1943 onwards

The Pathfinder Force became No. 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group, Bomber Command on 13th January 1943.