1968

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1968, with QRA capability (up until 30th June)

Stationed at:

  • RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)
  • Detached to RAF Luqa (Sunspot) February / March 1968)

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing

Command

  • Cottesmore Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command
  • 04/1968: Cottesmore Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander HS Carver MVO

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • War Target Study
  • Provision of QRA Capability (1 aircraft at all times) (ceased on 30th June 1968)
  • 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
    • Kinsman (Regular)
    • Billion (Regular)
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Groupex (January 1968)
    • Mick (January 1968)
    • Black Eagle (February 1968)
    • Sunspot (February / March 1968)
    • Sky Blue (June 1968)
    • Ravneklo (September 1968)
    • Co-Op (October 1968)
    • Micky Finn (November 1968)
  • Rangers
    • Western
    • Goose
    • Pacific
    • Akrotiri
    • El Adem
    • Luqa
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Queen’s Review (Abingdon)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Station Navigation, Communication and Bombing Competition (April 1968)

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

Extract from a Flying Log Book [Courtesy of the “Cyprus Years 69-71 Group”


Events

Battle of Britain Parade (York Minster)


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 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

The following link provides more details about the aircraft that were available from the station pool, along with information on known losses and incidents