1958

The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1958

Stationed at:

  • RAF Upwood (*)
  • Detached to Luqa, Malta (04/03/1958 to 10/04/1958)
  • Detached to Luqa, Malta (09/09/1958 to 08/10/1958 )

    (*) Detached to RAF Coningsby whilst main runway at Upwood was resurfaced (October 1958)

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
    • 03/02/1958: Handed over to Wing Commander G Newberry

Strength


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)
    • Marshmallow (Regular)
    • Cadmus (Regular)
    • Bombex (Regular)
    • Brief (February 1958)
    • Green Cobra (March 1958)
    • Starshot (May 1958)
    • Fullplay (June 1958)
    • Wearaway (July 1958)
    • Crescent Hinge (October 1958)
    • Sunbeam (October 1958)
  • Lone Rangers
    • Ahlhorn
    • Gibraltar
    • Habbaniya
    • Idris
    • Luqa
    • Nicosia
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • International Air Show, Basel (September 1958)
    • Battle of Britain Flypast (September 1958)
  • Bombing Competitions

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

The squadron also carried out ferry flights, delivering aircraft to Australia (August 1958)


Aircraft

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

CANBERRA B2 and T4

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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: