1957

The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1957

Stationed at:

  • RAF Upwood (Cambridgeshire)
  • Detached to Luqa, Malta (11/03/1957 to 08/04/1957)
  • Detached to Luqa, Malta (09/09/1957 to 04/10/1957)

Role

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

Command

  • Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Squadron Leader RG Price DFC

Strength

Notes: In February 1957, the squadron amalgamated with No 18 Squadron and it sub divided into 3 Flights (A, B and C)


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 and Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Port Wine (August 1957)
    • Counterpunch (September 1957)
    • Deepwater (September 1957)
    • Phoenix (November 1957)
    • Orpen (December 1957)
    • Goldflake
    • Marshmallow
    • Vigilant
  • Lone Rangers
    • El Adem
    • Gibraltar
    • Idris
    • Luqa, Malta
    • Habbaniya
    • Wunstorf
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Farnborough (September 1957)
  • Bombing Competitions

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

Events

Life on the squadron

An article by John Kirk regarding his time with the squadron
– Life on the Squadron –


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from a station pool):

CANBERRA B2 and T4

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

It is worth noting that aircraft were on charge of the station, with Centralised Servicing in place. As such, the squadron badge did not appear on the tailplane

The following link provides more details about the aircraft that were available to the squadron from a station pool, along with information on known losses and incidents: