1967

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron, with QRA capability, throughout 1967

Stationed at:

  • RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)
  • Sunspot Detachment (June 1967)

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing

Command

  • Cottesmore Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command

Note: The Cottesmore Wing was reduced to two squadrons (No. 9 and No. 35 Squadron) on 31st December 1967 when No. 12 Squadron was disbanded.


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander DA Arnott DFC
    • 19/07/1967: Handed over to Wing Commander HS Carver MVO

Strength


Activities

Air Crew

  • War Target Study
  • Provision of QRA Capability (1 aircraft at all times)
  • 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)
    • Springtime (NATO Air Defence) (April 1967)
    • Sunspot Detachment (June 1967)
    • Kingpin (July 1967)
    • Micky Finn (July 1967)
    • Unison (October 1967)
    • Co-Op (Danish Air Defence) (October 1967)
    • Mick (November 1967)
    • Emlyn (November 1967)
  • Rangers
    • Wildenrath
    • Laarbruch
    • Western
    • Goose
    • Offutt
    • Pacific
    • Luqa
    • El Adem
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • RAF Oakington (January 1967)
    • Upper Heyford / Mildenhall (US Armed Forces Day) (May 1967)
    • Demonstration Scrambles (March, July and October 1967)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Station inter-squadron Bombing, Navigation and Communications Competition (February 1967)
    • Bomber Command Bombing, Navigation and Communications Competition (March 1967)
    • Giant Voice

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

Events

Station Bombing Competition February 1967 [Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre].jpg

Station Bombing Trophy
Wg. Cdr. Arnott collects the Trophy (February 1967)


 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