1953

The squadron operated as a medium bomber and standby Air Sea Rescue squadron throughout 1953

Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)

Role

  • Medium bomber and standby Air Sea Rescue squadron

Command

  • No 3 Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader FR Flynn AFC
    • 01/09/1953: Squadron Leader RS Sanders DFC AFC

Strength


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
  • Station Readiness / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Jungle King (March 1953)
    • Momentum (August 1953)
  • Lone Rangers
    • Idris and Habbaniya
  • Standby Air Sea Rescue
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Royal Review (Odiham July 1953)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Visual Bombing Contest (May 1953)
    • Lawrence Minot Visual Bombing Competition (September 1943)
    • Blind Bombing Competition (November 1953)

Ground Personnel

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

Events

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One of the squadron’s Washington (WF572) on display at Odiham
[Source: Washington Times by Chris Howlett]

In July, the squadron commenced ferry flights, returning the Washington aircraft back to the USA (Operation “Home Run”)

During September / October, the squadron carried servicing personnel, spares and equipment to various bases along the route of the London to Christchurch air race.

In December, squadron personnel started conversion training on jet aircraft (at Weston Zoyland) in readiness for the move away from piston engined aircraft.


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: