1979

The squadron operated as a medium bomber and maritime radar reconnaissance squadron throughout 1979

Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander R Sweatman
    • May 1979: Handed over to Wing Commander IO Junor

Strength

May 1979 [Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre].jpg

May 1979 [Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses in subjects such as Intelligence, Weapons and Aircraft Systems
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
    • As per Basic Training Requirement (BTR) Programme
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Station Readiness / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence, Joint Maritime Exercises and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Index (Regular)
    • Cavalcade (Regular)
    • Cloudy Chorus (Regular)
    • Priory (Regular)
    • Natinads (Regular)
    • Brown Falcon (Regular)
    • Joint Maritime Course (Regular)
    • Spring Train (March 1979)
    • Highwood (July 1979)
    • Coffee Charlie (July 1979)
    • Coldfire (September 1979)
    • Blue Moon (September 1979)
    • Ocean Safari (October 1979)
  • Rangers
    • Goose Bay
    • Pacific
    • Akrotiri
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Queen’s Birthday Flypast (June 1979)
  • Navigation / Bombing Competitions
    • Double Top (February, May and June 1979)
    • Giant Voice (October / November 1979)
    • Red Flag (December 1979)
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Ground Personnel

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

Extract from a Flying Log Book (March 1979)


Events

Wing Commander Junor and his crew flew to Trondheim, Norway on 22nd June 1979 to represent No. 35 Squadron at the unveiling ceremony of a memorial, erected in the Trondheim Fjord, to RAF War heroes involved in the Tirpitz raid of 28th April 1942. The ceremony took place on Sunday 24th June and the crew returned to Scampton on 25th


WG CDR Sweatman presents a painting of a Halifax to the Squadron, watched by John Larder (the artist).

The painting was auctioned off in May 1979


Aircraft

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

Vulcan Profile (Low)

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron whilst stationed at Scampton, along with details of known losses and incidents: