1962 (Squadron Reformed)

No 35 Squadron reformed as the sixth Vulcan Mk2 Squadron in No 1 Group, Bomber Command and as the third and final “V” Squadron at RAF Coningsby on 1st November 1962.

The Air Ministry subsequently changed the official reformation date to 1st December 1962

Stationed at:

  • RAF Coningsby (Lincolnshire)

Role:

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for high altitude strategic bombing

Command

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

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander AA Smailes AFC

Strength

35 Squadron Research Image

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that on 1st November 1962 “Wing Commander AA Smailes (Squadron Commander) and his crew, Flight Lieutenant GG Ness and his crew, Squadron Leader GC Goodyer (A Flight Commander), Squadron Leader DA Thomas (B Flight Commander) and Squadron Leader D Craig (C Flight Commander), together with 25 senior NCOs and airmen, were present for a Squadron photograph. A welcoming message was then given by the Station Commander”
[Courtesy of Marham Aviation Heritage Centre]


Activities

  • Logistics
    • A small number of personnel were employed in setting up barracks, offices, dispersal offices, aircraft stands and rigs and preparing training material.
  •  Air Crew Training
    • There was a limited amount of flying training carried out at RAF Scampton
  • Target Study
    • In December, all aircrew started their Target Study
  • QRA
    • AA Smailes and his crew carried out the squadron’s first QRA in December 1962

Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (which were initially loaned from other squadrons):

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The squadron had none of its establishment number of six on charge in 1962; all flying was carried out using loaned aircraft from RAF Scampton

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