No. 35 Squadron reformed at Boscombe Down (Wiltshire) on 5th November 1940, and was attached to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) . It was charged with “bringing the newly developed four-engine Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber into operational service”.
- 05/11/1940: Boscombe Down
- 20/11/1940: Moved to RAF Leeming (Yorkshire)
- 05/12/1940: Moved to RAF Linton-on-Ouse (Yorkshire)
- To bring the newly developed four-engine Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber into operational service”.
- HQ, No. 4 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command
- Commanding Officer:
- RWP Collings
- Continuation Training (ground and air)
- Operational Training (ground and air)
- Conversion Training (to new aircraft type(s))
- Air Tests, including flights to test:
- fuel consumption
- operational heights
- all-up weight
- standard blind approach
- wireless telegraphy
- automatic pilot (George)
- It is worth noting that testing highlighted a number of serious problems with the operational handling of the Halifax, resulting in ongoing changes to its design.
Aircraft that are known to have been on loan and/or on charge of the squadron were as follows:
- Halifax (Prototype):
- Halifax HP57 B MKI [Series 1]:
Aircraft losses and incidents
- None Recorded