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

Stationed at:

  • RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)


  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing


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

Squadron Command

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

Wing Commander DA Arnott DFC



Air Crew

  • Target Study
  • Provision of QRA Capability (1 aircraft at all times)
  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses in subjects such as Intelligence, Weapons and Aircraft Systems
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
    • Training Programme included: Low Level, Hi-Lo-Hi, 1500 Mile / Maximum Length Training Profile, Visual Bombing, Navigation and Bombing System (NBS) / Radar Bomb Score (RBS) Attacks, Live Bombing, Navigation (Limited / Secondary / Primary), Practice Diversion, Fighter Affiliation and ECM Runs.
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Station readiness / dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kinsman (Regular)
    • Groupex (Regular)
    • Billion (Regular)
    • Spherical (Muharraq, Gan, Tengah, Butterworth) (April / May 1965)
    • Kingpin (June 1965)
    • Mickey Finn (July 1965)
    • Tiger Cub (July 1965)
    • Alpine (August 1965)
    • Unison (August / September 1965)
    • Donovan (October 1965)
    • Statex (December 1965)
  • Rangers
    • Wildenrath
    • Gardermoen
    • Idris
    • Luqa
    • El Adem
    • Western
    • Goose
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Battle of Britain Day Demonstration Scramble [Cottesmore] (September 1965)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • No 1 Group Medium Bomber Competition

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties



Aircraft from the squadron at Butterworth during Operation Spherical (April / May 1965)
[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]

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]


The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from Cottesmore Pool):


Profile © Malcolm Barrass

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, although it was displayed on the entrance door

The following link provides more details about the aircraft that were available from the station pool, along with information on known losses and incidents: