1955


The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1955


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

Stationed at:

  • RAF Marham (Norfolk)

Role

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

Command

  • Main Force, Bomber Command

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

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

  • Continuation Training (individual crew members) and Operational Training (crew) including:
    • Ground Training
    • Air Training (such as cross country, bombing, air to sea firing, fighter affiliation and formation flying)
    • Ongoing Assessment / Classification
  • Air Tests
  • Regular station readiness and dispersal exercises
  • Lone Rangers
    • Gibraltar
    • Idris
    • Malta
    • Nairobi
    • Shaibah
    • Wunstorf
  • Joint Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Sky High (April 1955)
    • Carte Blanche (June 1955)
    • Beware / Foxpaw (September 1955)
    • Phoenix
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Marhan (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)

Aircraft (from own establishment of 10)

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.