1971

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1971

Stationed at:

  • RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus), using Delta [or Echo] Dispersal

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 RK Hepburn
    • 16/08/1971: Handed over to Wing Commander JB Fitzpatrick

RK Hepburn hands over command to JB Fitzpatrick

[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Strength


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 and dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Taceval
    • Dawn Patrol
    • Deep Furrow
    • Exit Door
    • Hettie
    • Pedigree
    • Shahbaz
    • Sundial
  • Rangers
    • UK
    • Island
    • Nairobi
    • Malta
    • Ankara
    • Tehran
    • Tengah

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

[Courtesy of Cyprus Years 69 – 71 Group]


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: