The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron, with QRA capability, throughout 1965


Aircraft from the squadron at Butterworth during Operation Spherical [Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]

Stationed at:

  • RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)


  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing


  • Cottesmore Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command


  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander DB Craig
    • 01/06/1965: Handed over to Wing Commander DA Arnott DFC
  • Strength:

Wing Commander DA Arnott DFC


  • Training
    • Continuation Training (ground and air)
    • Operational Training (ground and air)
  • Assessment / Classification
    • Peer Reviews (as part of annual assessment)
    • Classification (individuals and crews)
  • Target Study
  • Provision of QRA Capability (1 aircraft at all times)
  • Rangers
    • Lone (Wildenrath, Gardermoen, Luqa, El Adem)
    • Western
    • Goose
  • Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • Alpine
    • Billion
    • Donovan
    • Groupex
    • Kinsman
    • Kingpin
    • Mick
    • Mickey Finn
    • Spherical (Muharraq, Gan, Tengah, Butterworth)
    • Tiger Cub
    • Unison
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Battle of Britain (Cottesmore)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • No 1 Group Medium Bomber Competition

Aircraft (from station pool)

Avro Vulcan Profile Malcolm Barrass

The squadron’s Record Book shows that aircraft utilised for training, exercises etc from the Cottesmore Station Pool were: XH555,  XH556,  XM597,  XM598,  XM599,  XM600,  XM602,  XM603,  XM604,  XM605,  XM607,  XM609,  XM610,  XM611,  XM612,  XM636,  XM645,  XM646,  XM647,  XM648,  XM649,  XM650,  XM651,  XM652,  XM653,  XM655,  XM656,  XM657,  XH560,  XH562,  XM562,  XM608,  XM510,  XM636

Aircraft losses and incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

  • None Recorded

Photo Gallery

1965 Training Exercise © IWM (RAF-T 5756)

Avro Vulcan B2 XM599 of No 35 Squadron based at RAF Cottesmore releases a full bomb load of twenty-one 1000lb bombs, during an exercise in 1965. [© IWM RAF-T 5756]