1947

The squadron operated as a heavy bomber squadron throughout 1947

Stationed at:

  • RAF Stradishall (Suffolk)
  • Detachmed to Luqa / Italy (28/04/1947 to 10/05/1947)

RAF Stradishall


Role

  • Heavy Bomber Squadron
  • Stand-by Air Sea Rescue Squadron

Command

  • Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • Wing Commander JND Chapple
    • 01/05/1947: Handed over to Squadron Leader RJ Boulding

Strength (Headquarters and A Flight (A and B Flights from 23/07/1947))

In the latter part of 1947, Bomber Command introduced a Categorisation Scheme with all aircrew trades (excluding Air Gunners) being categorised as A, B or C. Pilots were also assessed on their Instrument Flying and awarded “tickets”


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
    • Cross County (using Bomber Command Standard of Navigation), H2S Practice, Practice Bombing, VHF Homing, BABS / Rebecca Training, Searchlight Co-Operation, Flashlight Bombing, Three engine flying, circuits and landings, Air / Sea Firing, Photography, Instrument Flying, Fighter Affiliation
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Station Readiness / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Goodwood Bullseye (Regular)
    • Frontline (Regular)
    • Attack on HMS Implacable (March)
    • Sunbronze (April / May)
    • Boomer (June)
    • Home Fleet (June)
    • Group Night Fighter Affiliation Exercise(s) (September and December)
    • Group Bombing Exercise(s) (October and November)
  • Ceremonial Duties (including flypasts and displays)
  • Stand-by Air Sea Rescue

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 (January 1947) [Courtesy of Scott Weeden]


Aircraft

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

lancaster-b1-fe-profile

AVRO LANCASTER B1 (FE)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

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