1964

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron, with QRA capability, throughout 1964

 Stationed at:

  • RAF Coningsby (Lincolnshire)
  • 02/11/1964: Moved to RAF Cottesmore (Rutland)

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for high altitude strategic bombing (changed to low level in February)

Command

  • Coningsby Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command
  • 02/11/1964: Transferred to Cottesmore Wing, V Force, No. 1 Group, Bomber Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • DB Craig

Strength

(#) In March 1964, all technical and engineering work (including daily servicing of squadron aircraft) was transferred to the station Technical Wing (Centralised Servicing), leaving only Administration Personnel on strength of the squadron


Activities

Air Crew

  • War 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: 1500 mile / Maximum Length Profile, Navigation and Bombing System (NBS) / Radar Bomb Score (RBS) Attacks, Live Bombing, Practice Diversion, Navigation (Limited / Secondary / Primary), Formation Flying, Fighter Affiliation and ECM Runs. Low level attack was introduced in February 1964 and in-flight refuelling (in readiness for Far East commitments) was introduced in May 1964
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Station readiness / dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Kingpin (Regular)
    • Groupex (Regular)
    • Kinsman (Regular)
    • Mick (January 1964)
    • Phoenix (January 1964)
    • Teamwork [NATO Exercise] (September 1964)
    • Mickey Finn (October 1964)
    • Statex (November 1964)
  • Rangers
    • Wildenrath
    • Akrotiri
    • Luqa
    • Western
    • Goose Bay
    • Butterworth (Malaysia)
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Demonstration Scramble [Wittering] (February 1964)
    • RCAF National Air Force Day [Rockcliffe, Ottawa] (May / June 1964)
    • RAF Marham (June 1964)
    • RAF Honington (July 1964)
    • Battle of Britain [RAF Finningley] (September 1964)
    • Independence Celebrations [Malta] (September 1964)
    • Farewell to Boston Parade (October 1964)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Squadron Bombing Competition

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations (up until March 1964)
  • Administrative Duties

Events

XM607 at RAF Luqa 1964

[With kind permission of Jim Simpson]


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In March, centralised servicing was introduced and aircraft from the three Coningsby squadrons (No. 9, 12 and 35 Squadron) were incorporated into a common “station pool” and then allocated to crews to meet each squadron’s daily flying programme. This resulted in the loss of squadron markings on the tailplane, although the Coningsby / Cottesmore Wing and Squadron badges were included on the entrance door.

XM645 at Coningsby (showing the Wing and Squadron Badges on the entrance door)


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from own establishment and then from a station pool):

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


With advancements in surface to air missiles, it was necessary to change the method of attack to “low level”. As a result, navigational equipment was adapted, the aircraft camouflage was changed and squadron crews started to train in the new procedures in February 1964.

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