The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron throughout 1960

IMG_0730 1960 [MAHC]

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

Stationed at:

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


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


  • Main Force, Bomber Command


  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander G Newberry
    • 18/07/1960: Handed over to Wing Commander H Neubroch OBE
  • Strength:
    • Officers, Airmen (Aircrew) and Airmen (Ground Crew)


  • 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
    • Bahrain
    • Cyprus
    • Eastleigh
    • Gibraltar
    • Gutersloh
    • Idris
    • Luqa
    • Thornhill
    • Salisbury
  • Joint Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • 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)
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • RAF Cottesmore (May 1960 [Static])
    • RAF Colitishall (August 1960 [Static])
    • Battle of Britain Flypast (September 1960)
    • RAF Leconfield (September 1960)
  • Bombing Competitions

Aircraft (from own establishment)

Canberra Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

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

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


Publicity and Photographic Sorties

The squadron had three publicity reports in the “Times of Malta” whilst it was detached there for the Spring “Sunspot”.

The first write up concerned Wing Commander Newberry and Squadron Leader Dobbie, both of whom served in Malta during World War II.

The second report was a brief history of the squadron, accompanied by a photograph of the Presentation of the Standard by HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent.

The third report was a series of photographs taken by a “Times of Malta” staff reporter featuring squadron aircraft in flight over salient landmarks in Malta.

Sadly, this is the squadron scrap book page relating to the third report

“Times of Malta” contacted to see if it has copies of the articles in its archives (February 2020)