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”

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)

RAF Leeming [Courtesy of RAF Leeming Historical Training Facility]


Role

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

Command

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

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • RWP Collings

RWP Collings


Strength


Activities

  • Air Crew and Ground Personnel
    • Building up to establishment numbers
    • Familiarisation with the Handley Page Halifax

Extract from the squadron’s Record Book (November / December 1940)


Aircraft

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

HALIFAX PROTOTYPE (DUAL CONTROL)

HALIFAX HP57 B MKI [Series 1]

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron during 1940 (after the squadron reformed), along with details of known losses and incidents: