1974

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1974

Stationed at:

  • RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus), using Delta [or Echo] Dispersal
  • Detached to Shiraz [Iran] (31/05/1974 to 05/06/1974)

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing (providing bomber support in the near east, in accordance with the UK’s 1956 commitment to the Central Treaty Organisation [CENTO])

Command

  • NEAF (Near East Air Force).

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander KI Watson

Strength


Events affecting the squadron

It is worth noting that the Cyprus Emergency during the year resulted in flight restrictions, standby alert states and redeployments to Malta and the UK


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 and Fighter Affiliation Exercise
    • Pedigree (Masirah) (Regular)
    • Umber (Iran) (Regular)
    • Shahbaz 1974 (May / June 1974)
    • Baker (June 1974)
    • Malta Adex (July 1974)
    • Sundial (October 1974)
  • Rangers
    • Malta
    • Ankara
    • Island
    • Italian / Gulf / UK Trainers
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • CENTO Bombing Demonstration (July 1974)
  • Marine Radar Reconnaissance (during Cyprus Emergency)

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from a station pool):

AVRO VULCAN B2

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It is worth noting that whilst in Akrotiri, aircraft were on charge of the station, with Centralised Servicing in place. As such, the squadron badge did not appear on the tailplane, although it was displayed on the entrance door, along with the Station Badge and the badges of the other squadron(s) stationed at Akrotiri

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were available to the squadron from the Akrotiri Pool, along with details of known losses and incidents: