1952

The squadron operated as a medium bomber and standby Air Sea Rescue squadron throughout 1952

Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)

Role

  • Training replacement crews for the Washington Squadrons (A Flight)
  • Medium bomber and standby Air Sea Rescue squadron (B Flight)

Note: On 16th June 1952, with the squadron up to operational strength, A Flight was renamed the Washington Conversion Unit and B Flight was split into A and B Flights


Command

  • No. 3 Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader FR Flynn AFC

Strength


Activities

A Flight (renamed Washington Conversion Unit on 16/06/1952)

  • Training replacement crews for the Washington Squadrons

B Flight (split into A and B Flight on 16/06/1952)

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
  • Station Readiness / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Bait (Regular)
    • Bullseye (June 1952)
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Jigsaw (August 1952)
  • Standby Air Sea Rescue
    • Aid to Meteor Pilot 20 miles north of Yarmouth 24/07/1952
    • Search for Balliol aircraft from West Bay 14/08/1952
    • Search for two meteors off Flamborough Head 11/12/1952
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Battle of Britain Flypast
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Blind Bombing Competition (December 1952)

Ground Personnel

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

Extract from G Beattie’s Log Book [Courtesy of Robert Beattie]


Aircraft

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

Washington Profile

BOEING B-29 [WASHINGTON]

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: