1954

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron and then as a light bomber squadron during 1954

Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)

Role

  • Medium bomber and standby Air Sea Rescue squadron
  • 28/04/1954: Light bomber squadron, equipped for high altitude strategic bombing (SACEUR assigned unit)

Command

  • No. 3 Group, Bomber Command
  • 28/04/1954: Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader RS Sanders DFC AFC

Strength


Events affecting the squadron

Throughout the year, squadron personnel continued conversion training on jet aircraft (at Weston Zoyland) in readiness for the move away from piston engine aircraft and at Bassingbourn / Lindholme for Canberra conversion.

In September, the first four crews (Stirrup, Millett, Rushforth and Crawford) achieved “Combat” status on the Canberra


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)
    • Dividend (July 1954)
    • Battle Royal (September 1954)
  • Lone Rangers
    • Gibraltar
    • Idris
  • Standby Air Sea Rescue
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Battle of Britain Flypast (September 1954)
  • Bombing Competitions

Ground Personnel

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

The squadron continued ferry flights, returning the Washington aircraft back to the USA (Operation “Home Run”) until the end of March 1954


Events

BOMB EXPLOSION

On 20th September 1954, two 1,000lb bombs exploded on the perimeter track at Marham, killing an NCO
– more details –


Aircraft

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

BOEING B-29 [WASHINGTON]

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


CANBERRA B.2 and T.4

On 28th April 1954, the squadron started to re-equip with the Canberra B2 (plus the T4 for dual-purpose training) [Establishment: 10 Aircraft]

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: