1961 (Squadron Disbanded)

The squadron operated as a light bomber squadron until 11th September 1961 when it was disbanded

Stationed at:

  • RAF Upwood (Cambridgeshire)
  • Detached Idris (Spring “Sunspot” 20/02/1961 to 21/03/1961)

Role

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

(*) Assigned to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe for operational and targeting purposes)


Command

  • Main Force, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • 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 / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Marshmallow (Regular)
    • Statex (Regular)
    • Mantis (Regular)
    • Polar Bear (Regular)
    • Thorn (Regular)
    • Groupex (Regular)
    • Regex 61 (March 1961)
    • May Flight IV / Matador (May 1961)
    • Co-Op (June 1961)
    • Fairwind (June 1961)
  • Rangers (*)
    • Eastleigh
    • El Adem
    • Gibraltar
    • Jever
    • Laarbruch
    • Salisbury (Southern Rhodesia)
    • Thornhill
    • Wildenrath / Laarbruch
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Bagington / Hullavington (July 1961)
    • Photographic Sorties for BBC and Flight Magazine (August 1961)
    • Farnborough (September 1961)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • NEAF Bombing and Navigation Competition (RAF Akrotiri)

(*) Note: From July, all Lone Rangers crossing the Mediterranean were cancelled due to the situation in Kuwait.

Ground Personnel

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

Events

AOC Inspection (June 1961)
[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Squadron Commanders’ Remarks (September 1961)

“All tasks arising before disbandment – flying, administrative, ceremonial and social were completed in full. It merely remains for me to wish our successors on No. 35 Squadron, joy and success – may all their runs be straight and true”


Message from the Air Officer Commanding (13th September 1961)

My grateful thanks to you and all those officers and airmen who have served in No. 35 Squadron whilst it has been in my Group. The squadron has performed splendid service and it has never failed to achieve what has been asked of it. My best wishes to you all in the future”


Aircraft

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

CANBERRA B.2 and T.4

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

In January, the squadron started the process of replacing all frangible hatches, with metal hatches. In February, all squadron aircraft with frangible hatches (WK130, WJ635, WJ732, WJ751, WH918 and WH920) were grounded until replacement hatches were fitted.

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