The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1955

Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)


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


  • Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • 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


Events affecting 35 Squadron

In January, the squadron became the first fully operational squadron at Marham, when the last crew achieved its combat classification; this was nine months after starting its conversion to the Canberra


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)
    • Sky High (April 1955)
    • Carte Blanche (June 1955)
    • Beware / Foxpaw (September 1955)
    • Phoenix
  • Lone Rangers
    • Gibraltar
    • Idris
    • Malta
    • Nairobi
    • Shaibah
    • Wunstorf
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Marham (Various Dates)
    • Cranwell (March 1955)
    • Biggin Hill (June 1955)
    • Geneva (June 1955)
    • Upwood (July 1955)
    • Farnborough (July 1955)
    • Baginton (August 1955)
    • Benson (October 1955)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Bomber Command Competition (March 1955)

Ground Personnel

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


No. 35 Squadron display in Geneva 1955
[Source FlightGlobal 1st July 1955]

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.


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

Canberra Profile


Canberra 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: