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

Activities

  • Continuation Training
  • Operational Training
  • Ongoing Assessments
  • 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

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

Halifax (Prototype)

Aircraft serials that are known to have been on loan to the squadron during the year were as follows: L7244

Halifax HP57 B MKI [Series 1]

HP57 Halifax B MKI [Series 1] Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft serials that are known to have been on charge of the squadron during the year were as follows: L9486

More details on the Handley Page Halifax can be found on the following page:

Aircraft losses and incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

  • None Recorded