1973

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1973

Stationed at:

  • RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus), using Delta [or Echo] Dispersal
  • Detachment to Masirah (05/03/1973 to 12/03/1973)

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

No. 35 Squadron December 1973 [Courtesy of Ken Watson]


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 Exercises
    • Umber (Teheran) (Regular)
    • Pedigree (March, September and November 1973)
    • Special Flight to New Zealand (March 1973)
    • Dawn Patrol (June 1973)
    • Air Defence Exercise (Malta) (August 1973)
    • Deep Furrow (September 1973)
    • Selwyn (October 1973)
    • Taceval (October 1973)
    • Midlink (November 1973)
    • Air Defence Exercise (Cyprus) (December 1973)
    • Trainers (UK / Gulf)
  • Rangers
    • Malta
    • Masirah
    • Ankara
    • Gan
    • Nairobi
    • Tengah
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Venice (September 1973)
    • Nicosia (September 1973)
    • Firepower Demonstration (Episkopi Bay) (September 1973)
  • Navigation / Bombing Competitions
    • Strike Command Bombing and Navigation Competition (May 1973)

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties
Log Cropped.jpg

Extract from Log Book (Courtesy of W. MacGillivray)


Events

Mount Etna from 9000ft taken from Air Bomber position 31st January 1973


[Courtesy of Roy Brocklebank]


Aircraft

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

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

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: