1940 (Squadron Reformed)


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”.


[Source: RAF Leeming Historical Training Facility]

Stationed at:

  • 05/11/1940: Boscombe Down
  • 20/11/1940: Moved to RAF Leeming (Yorkshire)
  • 05/12/1940: Moved to RAF Linton-on-Ouse (Yorkshire)

Role

  • To bring the newly developed four-engine Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber into operational service”.

Command

  • HQ, No. 4 (Bomber) Group, Bomber Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • RWP Collings
  • Strength:

Activities

  • Training
    • 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)

Notes:

  1. 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

 

Aircraft that are known to have been on loan and/or on charge of the squadron were as follows:

  • Halifax (Prototype):
    • L7244
  • Halifax HP57 B MKI [Series 1]:
    • L9486

Aircraft losses and incidents

  • None Recorded