1945

The squadron operated as a heavy bomber squadron up until May

Stationed at:

  • RAF Graveley (Huntingdonshire)

Role

  • To prepare and despatch aircraft and crews(*) capable of accurately marking the aiming point at a specified time, to enable main force crews to identify the release point during their bombing runs
  • Post War Clean Up (from 08/05/1945)

(*) The number of aircraft required for each operation was contained in the “scale of effort” which was issued by HQ Bomber Command on a daily basis


Command

  • No. 8 [Pathfinder Force] Group, Bomber Command
  • 15/12/1945: Transferred to No. 3 Group, Bomber Command (when No.8 [Pathfinder Force] Group was disbanded)

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Group Captain DFEC Dean DSO DFC
    • 01/03/1945: Handed over to Group Captain HJE Le Good DSO DFC
    • 11/09/1945: Handed over to Wing Commander AJL Craig DSO DFC

Strength

Note: On 24/05/1945, all Commonwealth airmen were posted out of the squadron in readiness for their repatriation.


Events affecting the squadron

VE Day was announced on the 8th May 1945 and the process of demobilisation of personnel and post war clean up started shortly afterwards

Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training (incl. air Exercises, such as Bombing, Fighter Affiliation and Cross Country)
  • Operational Sorties
  • Displays / Flypasts
  • At Home Exhibitions (Odiham and Filton)

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations (#)
  • Other squadron related Technical and Administrative Duties

[#] It is worth noting that personnel on strength of No. 9035 Servicing Echelon were attached to No 35 Squadron to assist with the daily servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment from 3rd November 1943 until 3rd March 1945

Log Book Extract [Courtesy of Bernard Humphreys]


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from its own establishment):

AVRO LANCASTER B.I and B.III

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


AVRO LANCASTER B.I(FE)

The squadron took delivery of its first Avro Lancaster B.I(FE) in November 1945

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following link provides more detail regarding the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron