1944

The squadron operated as a heavy bomber squadron (Path Finder Role) throughout 1944

Stationed at:

  • RAF Graveley (Huntingdonshire)
Control Tower (PHerod)

RAF Graveley Control Tower


Role

  • To prepare and despatch aircraft and crews(*) capable of accurately marking the aiming point at a specified time, to enable main force crews to identify the release point during their bombing runs

(*) The number of aircraft required for each operation was contained in the “scale of effort” which was issued by HQ Bomber Command on a daily basis


Command

  • No. 8 [Pathfinder Force] Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander SP Daniels DSO DFC
    • 25/07/1944: Handed over to Group Captain DFEC Dean DSO DFC
Dean

DFEC Dean


Strength

On 20th March, the squadron was reduced to two flights when Air Crew and Ground Crew from “B Flight” were posted to Downham Market” to form the nucleus of No. 635 Squadron – read more –


Activities:

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training (such as Bombing, Fighter Affiliation and Cross Country)
  • Operational Sorties

Ground Personnel (#)

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations
  • Other Squadron related Technical and Administrative Duties

[#] It is worth noting that personnel on strength of No. 9035 Servicing Echelon were attached to No 35 Squadron to assist with the daily servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment from 3rd November 1943 until 3rd March 1945

Target Photo Le Havre 10/09/1944


Events

Christmas Dinner Menu 1944
[Courtesy of Lisa Phillips]


A BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER

Flying with No. 35 Squadron Path Finder Force from Graveley, our crew took part in an attack on Magdeburg on 21st January 1944
– read more –


D DAY COMMITMENTS

The following, which is extracted from the squadron’s Operations Record Book, summarises No 35 Squadron’s commitments to the D-Day landings
– read more –


Aircraft

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

HALIFAX HP59 B MKII (Series 1 / Series 1 Special)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


HALIFAX HP59 B MKII [Series 1a]
(version with modified tail fin)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


HALIFAX HP61 B MKIII

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


AVRO LANCASTER B.I and B.III

In March 1944, the squadron started to re-equip with the Avro Lancaster B.I and B.III

Avro Lancaster Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following links provide more detail on the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron, along with information on losses and incidents::