Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Other Ranks operated throughout the domestic, technical and airfield sites, providing essential ground services in support of air operations.
Maintenance and Servicing of aircraft and equipment was carried out by Technical / Engineering personnel, (eg Aircraft Engineering Technicians, Aircraft Technicians, Aircraft Mechanics, Flight Line Mechanics, Electronic Engineering Technicians, Electronic Technicians, Electronic Mechanics), with work split between:
- Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations
- Ongoing maintenance work (incl. rectification of more complex faults)
- Scheduled servicing work
Work was undertaken by personnel (a) on strength of the squadron and (b) on strength of the station.
Personnel on strength of the squadron were responsible for daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations (*) . Work, which was carried out on the dispersals, was only on aircraft and equipment that were on charge of the squadron.
Personnel on strength of the station were responsible for ongoing maintenance work (incl. rectification of more complex faults) and scheduled servicing. Work, which was carried out in the airfield hangars, was on all aircraft and equipment that were on charge of all the squadrons based at the station. Major scheduled services were carried out by personnel from a Maintenance Unit.
(*) Flight Line Mechanics were responsible for:
1.Routine Maintenance checks such as: before flight, after flight and turn-round servicing, operational turn-round and readiness checks
2. Aircraft marshalling and towing
3. Replenishment of aircraft fuel tanks, engine oil reservoirs and assisting with role change and weapon loading
4. Routine maintenance of aircraft ground support equipment
5. Minor rectification and assisting technicians in the repair of more involved defects
Note: Crew Chiefs (Chief Technicians) were responsible for the technical administration and co-ordination of the maintenance of specific aircraft. This involved liaising with the aircrew and the various trades regarding work that needed to be carried out on the aircraft and flying overseas (eg on Rangers) where they would co-ordinate personnel based at the “destination” airfield
Other Ground Trades
Other Ground Personnel carried out technical and administrative duties such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support.
Whilst Ground Personnel were primarily on strength of the station (providing services to all the squadrons that were based there), a small proportion were on strength of the squadron, undertaking Administrative Duties
Personnel on strength of (or attached to) No 35 Squadron
No. 35 Squadron’s record book contains little or no information regarding Ground Personnel, but some listings have been found (eg on squadron movement orders) and the names on these lists have been included on this page.
1962 – November 1964 (Coningsby)
The following are known to have been on strength of the squadron between 1962 and November 1964
- Thompson, JH (Chf Tech)
- Watt – (Chf Tech)
- Wheeler – (Chf Tech)
- Whittington – (Chf Tech)
- Wroth, H (Chf Tech)
- Yare, E (Chf Tech)
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
November 1964 – 1968 (Cottesmore)
All technical and engineering work (including daily servicing of squadron aircraft) was carried out by the station Technical Wing (Centralised Servicing), leaving only Administration Personnel on strength of the squadron