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This month, I have carried out research on the following airmen who served with No. 35 Squadron:
- CJ Weldon, Wireless Operator, 1943 [POW]
- E Wilkinson, Air Gunner, 1941 [POW]
- MO Fuller, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner 1943 [KIA]
I have also been asked to research the two No. 35 Squadron crews that were laid to rest at Chievres Communal Cemetery. This project has now been expanded to cover all 58 airmen that are buried there.
Annual Commemoration Service (Angles)
David Forsyth provided information and photographs from the annual service in Angles to commemorate the crew of L9527
Visit to Yorkshire (July 2018)
My partner and I spent a very interesting week in Yorkshire during July and we were able to spend time at the Memorial Room at RAF Linton-On-Ouse, the Historical Training Facility at RAF Leeming and at Beningborough Hall.
I received the following e-mail from Diana Calderwood
“I just wished to say I stumbled across your site and found it very interesting, well presented and easy to navigate and although not my father’s squadron, covered some of the operations he was on. To see the list of aircraft involved and the losses each month is very humbling.
Well done on your research and letting us remember them. My father survived but never spoke much about it and finding out more now, I realise what a task these young men were set. He just said they did their best”.
The mystery of a window
On a recent visit to the Memorial Room at Linton-On-Ouse, I came across a photograph of a stained glass window, which included a 35 Squadron badge and a small aircraft.
I started doing some research on the window and, to date, I have establsihed that:
- the window is in the Parish Church of Saint John the Evangelist, St Johns Road, Blindley Heath, Tandridge, Surrey.
[Courtesy of Peter O’Connell]
- it was paid for by WE Jupp (Billy) to commemorate his father, who was in the choir at the church for 60 years.
- it depicts Christ sowing seeds, with a No. 35 Squadron badge in the bottom right hand corner and a very small aircraft (with a vapour trail) in the top left hand corner.
According to the Imperial War Museum archives, “the aircraft supposedly represents the aircraft of the late Group Captain Cheshire VC, whose aircraft Billy serviced”.
I am now trying to find out WE Jupp’s trade and whether he appears in the often seen photograph of Leonard Cheshire with his crew and ground crew. If anyone can assist, please get in touch.
Ken Delve is looking for photographs of the Canberra for inclusion in a planned update to his book on this iconic aircraft.
If anyone served with the squadron from 1954 to 1961, or if you have photographs of the aircraft from this period, please get in touch.
I am often asked if I can provide a person who would be willing to represent No. 35 Squadron at unveilings, memorial events etc.
If there are any ex squadron personnel out there (from any era) who would be interested in performing this role, please get in touch.
I am currently trying to find representatives for events in France and Holland which are taking place in the next couple of months.