1955


The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1955


Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)
  • 16/07/1956: Moved to RAF Upwood (Huntingdonshire)

Role

  • Light bomber squadron, equipped for high altitude strategic bombing (SACEUR assigned unit)

Command

  • Marham Wing, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command (which incorporated No. 115, No. 207, No. 35 and No. 90 Squadron)

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader RS Sanders DFC AFC
    • 06/06/1955:  Handed over to Squadron Leader JR Musgrave DSO
    • 04/11/1955: Handed over to Squadron Leader TA McCulloch
  • Strength

Activities

  • Training
    • Continuation Training (ground and air)
    • Operational Training (ground and air)
  • Assessment / Classification
    • Peer Reviews (as part of annual assessment)
    • Classification (individuals and crews)
  • Rangers
    • Lone
  • Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • King Pin
    • Sky High
    • Carte Blanche
    • Beware (Air Enterprise / Foxpaw)
    • Phoenix
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Cranwell
    • Biggin Hill
    • Geneva
    • Upwood
    • Farnborough
    • Baginton
    • Benson

Aircraft (from own establishment)

Canberra Profile

Canberra Profile © Malcolm Barrass

 

Serial numbers utilised on exercises included:

  • Canberra B2:
    • WK114, 117, WK133, WJ603, WJ607, 614, WJ634, WH637, WJ637, 719, WJ726, 752, 880, 886, 887, 909, 910, WH911, WH944, WH975
  • Canberra T4:
    • WH861, WJ865

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Carte Blanche

In the last week of June 1955, around 3000 NATO aircraft from Canada, Denmark, Greece, France, Norway, the UK and USA took part in the largest allied exercise held since the Second World War. The exercise, which was held in West Germany, included the simulated use of tactical nuclear weapons against airfields and troop concentrations.