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

Stationed at:

  • RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)


  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing


  • 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.


  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander DA Arnott DFC
    • 19/07/1967: Handed over to Wing Commander HS Carver MVO
  • Strength:
    • Officers: No. varied between 55 and 59 (x constituted crews)
    • Others: 1 (Administration Personnel)


  • Training
    • Continuation Training (ground and air)
    • Operational Training (ground and air)
  • Assessment / Classification
    • Peer Reviews (as part of annual assessment)
    • Classification (individuals and crews)
  • Target Study
  • Provision of QRA Capability (1 aircraft at all times)
  • Rangers
    • Western
    • Pacific
  • Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • Billion
    • Co-Op
    • Emlyn
    • Giant Voice
    • Kinsman
    • Kingpin
    • Mick
    • Mickey Finn
    • Springtime
    • Sunspot
    • Unison
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • RAF Oakington
    • Upper Heyford
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Station inter-squadron Bombing, Navigation and Communications Competition

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

Between the 20th and 23rd February 1967 (inclusive), the Station held an inter-squadron Bombing, Navigation and Communications Competition as part of the work up for the forthcoming Bomber Command Competition. The four crews from 35 Squadron entered in the Bombing Competition were Flt Lt B. Dorrington, Flt Lt R.D. Downs, Flt Lt R.B.Gilvary and Flt Lt N.B. Baldwin. The two crews entered in the Navigation/Communications Competition were Wg Cdr D.A. Arnott and Sqn Ldr H.H. Skinner. The Squadron won the Bombing Competition and were ‘runners-up’ overall.

 Aircraft (from station pool)

Avro Vulcan Profile Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft utilised for exercises included: XM571, XM597, XM598, XM599, XM600, XM602, XM603, XM604, XM605, XM606, XM607, XM608, XM609, XM610, XM611, XM612, XM645, XM647, XM648, XM649, XM650, XM651, XM652, XM653, XM654, XM655, XM656, XM657

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


Television Appearance

AM Mitchell and crew featured in a documentary on the ATV programme “Today” on 2nd February 1967 [The film was made at RAF Cottesmore in May 1966]