1946

The squadron operated as a heavy bomber squadron throughout 1946, representing the RAF at various events, including the Goodwill Tour of America

Stationed at:

  • RAF Graveley (Huntingdonshire)
  • 08/07/1946: Commenced Operation Lancaster (Goodwill Tour of USA)
  • 29/08/1946: Returned to RAF Graveley
  • 18/09/1946: Moved to RAF Stradishall (Suffolk)

Role

  • Heavy Bomber Squadron

Command

  • No 3 Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • Wing Commander AJL Craig DSO DFC
    • 24/10/1946: Handed over to Wing Commander JND Chapple

Strength


Events affecting the squadron

In January, the squadron was advised that it would be posted to Egypt during February, but this was cancelled for political reasons just before the squadron was due to leave.

In October 1946, the squadron was designated as one of the Air Sea Rescue (ASR) squadrons. The role required the squadron to have one aircraft on immediate readiness and one on stand-by for one week each month.


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Operational Duties and Exercises
  • Standby Air Sea Rescue (from October 1946)

Ground Personnel

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

Extract from RC Weeden’s Log Book March 1946 [Courtesy of Scott Weeden]


Events

BoB Flypast Web Photo

Twelve No. 35 Squadron aircraft in the Battle of Britain flypast on 14th September 1946


35 Squadron aircraft over London, returning to RAF Graveley after the Goodwill Tour (August 1946)



Delft Pottery Plaque

On 30th April 1946, No. 35 Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “A delft pottery plaque, which has been prepared in commemoration of the liberation of Holland, has been presented by the Dutch to the Squadron. It depicts in colour, a Dutch field being showered with foodstuffs from Lancaster aircraft, the latter being welcomed by two waving members of the population. The inscription at the bottom reads “Food, Peace, Freedom 29th April to 5th May 1945”


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)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following links provide more details about the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron, along with information on known losses and incidents: