1960

The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1960

Stationed at:

  • RAF Upwood
  • Detached to Luqa, Malta (Spring “Sunspot” 29/03/1960 to 10/05/1960)

Role

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

Command

  • Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander G Newberry
    • 18/07/1960: Handed over to Wing Commander H Neubroch OBE

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 and Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Marshmallow (Regular)
    • Cadmin (Regular)
    • Bombex (Regular)
    • Statex (Regular)
    • Argus (Regular)
    • Groupex (Regular)
    • Thorn (Regular)
    • Polar Bear (Regular)
    • Baccy (February 1960)
    • Arkex (April 1960)
    • Fawley (April 1960)
    • Regex (May 1960)
    • Yeoman (May 1960)
    • Fair Wind (June 1960)
    • Co-Op (August 1960)
    • Flashback (September 1960)
  • Lone Rangers
    • Bahrain
    • Cyprus
    • Eastleigh
    • Gibraltar
    • Gutersloh
    • Idris
    • Luqa
    • Thornhill
    • Salisbury
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • RAF Cottesmore (May 1960 [Static])
    • RAF Colitishall (August 1960 [Static])
    • Battle of Britain Flypast (September 1960)
    • RAF Leconfield (September 1960)
  • Bombing Competitions

Ground Personnel

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

Events

IMG_0730 1960 [MAHC]

Squadron personnel and aircraft on parade 1960
[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Canberra WH913 over Malta (Sunspot 1960)
[Air Pictorial]


Aircraft

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

CANBERRA B2 and T4

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

On 15th February 1960, all Canberra aircraft were grounded pending the incorporation of a modification to the elevator spring tab operating rod. This modification and inspection also included the dropping of the tip tanks and Mod 2107. All aircraft were modified and air tested by 22nd February 1960

The following link provides more details about the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron, along with information on losses and incidents: