1972

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1972

Stationed at:

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

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 JB Fitzpatrick
    • 12/1972: Handed over to Wing Commander KI Watson
Flamingo7crop [Peter Pressland]

KI Watson (left) and JB Fitzpatrick (right)

[Source: Flamingo Magazine]


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
    • Easy Life
    • Hettie
    • Pedigree / Midlink
    • Shahbaz
    • Umber
  • Rangers
    • Malta
    • Island
  • Trainers
    • UK
    • Gulf

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

1972 Log Book Extract [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: