Ground Personnel (1962 – 1982)

Foxtrot Dispersal at Scampton [Courtesy of Gerry Frew]

As well as the aircrew trades of Pilot, Co-Pilot, Nav (Plotter), Nav (Radar) and AEO, squadron personnel also included:

  • Engineering Officers (S.Eng.O and J.Eng.O)
  • Administration Personnel
  • Crew Chiefs (#)
  • Engineering Personnel (*) including:
    • Flight Line Mechanics
    • Engine Technicians
    • Airframe Technicians
    • Electrical Technicians
    • Avionic Technicians
    • Squadron Supplier

(#) Crew Chiefs were responsible for the technical administration and co-ordination of the maintenance of a specific aircraft (or other aircraft, as required). This involved liaising with the aircrew and the various trades and flying overseas with an aircraft (eg on Rangers) to perform the role (where they would co-ordinate personnel based at the “destination” airfield)

(*) Engineering personnel on strength of the squadron were responsible for operational ground activities [flight servicing, arming, refuelling, seeing aircraft in and out] and first-line rectification of faults. More complex faults (and scheduled services) were carried out in the airfield hangars by personnel from the station Mechanical Engineering [Aircraft] Squadron (MEAS).  Major scheduled services were carried out by personnel from a Maintenance Unit

Note: When centralised servicing was in place, all Engineering personnel, including those responsible for operational activities and first line rectification of faults, were on strength of the station.


1962 – 1965

The following are known to have been on strength of the squadron between 1962 and 1965

  • Thompson, JH (Chf Tech)
  • Watt – (Chf Tech)
  • Wheeler – (Chf Tech)
  • Whittington – (Chf Tech)
  • Wroth, H (Chf Tech)
  • Yare, E (Chf Tech)

1965 – 1968

Centralised servicing was in place; as such, all Engineering personnel were on strength of the station

1969 – 1975

Centralised servicing was in place; as such, all Engineering personnel were on strength of the station

1975 – 1982

The following are known to have been on strength of the squadron at Scampton between 1975 and 1982:

  • Ackerman, – (Chf Tech)
  • Adams, Mal (Engineering)
  • Ainsley, Les (Engineering)
  • Allard, – (Chf Tech)
  • Ambrose, – (Engineering)
  • Ames, R (Engineering)
  • Anderson, – (Chf Tech)
  • Archer, – (Engineering)
  • Atherton, Steve (Engineering)
  • Austin, RW (Chf Tech)
  • Bain, AC (Chf Tech)
  • Barker, – (Engineering)
  • Barnes, KF (Chf Tech)
  • Barnshaw, MJ (Engineering)
  • Barrow, GG (Chf Tech)
  • Bavey, J (Engineering)
  • Beers, – (Engineering)
  • Bell, – (Chf Tech)
  • Bennett, Neil (Engineering)
  • Benzie, – (Chf Tech)
  • Bidwell, – (Chf Tech)
  • Billam, – (Engineering)
  • Bishop, – (Chf Tech)
  • Blackley, Paul (Chf Tech)
  • Blaseby, Mark (Engineering)
  • Boothby, – (Engineering)
  • Bowey, Jack (Chf Tech)
  • Braid, – (Chf Tech)
  • Broughton, John (Engineering)
  • Brown, D (Chf Tech)
  • Brown, – (Chf Tech)
  • Browne, – (Engineering)
  • Burke, Tony (Engineering)
  • Cannon, – (Chf Tech)
  • Carter, GR (Chf Tech)
  • Cass, – (Chf Tech)
  • Clarke, RB (Chf Tech)
  • Cogan, E- (Engineering)
  • Collins, – (Chf Tech)
  • Cook, – (Chf Tech)
  • Copplestone, Al (Chf Tech)
  • Costick, J (Chf Tech)
  • Cotterill, – (Engineering)
  • Craigie, D (Chf Tech)
  • Cresswell, – (Engineering)
  • Critchlow, – (Chf Tech)
  • Crown, – (Engineering)
  • Davies, Andy (Engineering)
  • Davis, Tony (Engineering)
  • Dear, – (Engineering)
  • Deas, – (Chf Tech)
  • Devlin, Len (Chf Tech)
  • Dignum, Tom (Engineering)
  • Doe, Cliff (Chf Tech)
  • Douglas, – (Engineering)
  • Dovaston, SA (Chf Tech)
  • Doyle, – (Engineering)
  • Dresman, – (Engineering)
  • Driver, – (Chf Tech)
  • Dubienniec, – (Engineering)
  • Dye, AL (Chf Tech)
  • Elliott, C (Chf Tech)
  • Emeney, PJ- (Chf Tech)
  • England, John (Chf Tech)
  • Falsked, AC (Chf Tech)
  • Farnes, R (Chf Tech)
  • Fearn, – (Engineering)
  • Felstead, – (Chf Tech)
  • Fenwick, – (Chf Tech)
  • Field, – (Engineering)
  • Forgie, HS (Engineering)
  • Frew, Gerry (Engineering)
  • Gibbs, – (Engineering)
  • Gibson, – (Chf Tech)
  • Giddings, RC (Chf Tech)
  • Gilchrist, Ron (Administration)
  • Goodchild, Dave (Chf Tech)
  • Gott, Mike (Engineering)
  • Gough, – (Engineering)
  • Grantham, – (Chf Tech)
  • Gray, Les (Engineering)
  • Greatorex, J (Chf Tech)
  • Griffiths, Paul (Engineering)
  • Haddon, – (Engineering)
  • Haigue, R (Chf Tech)
  • Hales, FD (Chf Tech)
  • Hames, – (Chf Tech)
  • Harcourt, P (Chf Tech)
  • Harrington, – (Chf Tech)
  • Haste, – (Chf Tech)
  • Hawes, – (Chf Tech)
  • Healey, – (Chf Tech)
  • Heap, – (Chf Tech)
  • Heavy, – (Chf Tech)
  • Hibbens, AC (Chf Tech)
  • Hickmore, – (Chf Tech)
  • Hogan, – (Engineering)
  • Homewood, JE (Chf Tech)
  • Honey, – (Chf Tech)
  • Hopgood, Ian (Engineering)
  • Hutton, – (Chf Tech)
  • Johnston, A (Chf Tech)
  • Johnston, TA (Engineering)
  • Jones, – (Chf Tech)
  • Kerry, – (Engineering)
  • Kidd, W (Chf Tech)
  • Kitching, D (Engineering)
  • Lane, “Rocky” (Chf Tech)
  • Lear , Geoff (Engineering)
  • Leary, – (Chf Tech)
  • Leeks, – (Chf Tech)
  • Leitch, DAC (Chf Tech)
  • Lemon, M (Chf Tech)
  • Livingstone, – (Engineering)
  • Logan, J (Engineering)
  • Lomas, Pete (Chf Tech)
  • MacKay, DF (Chf Tech)
  • Mackie, H (Chf Tech)
  • Makin, – (Chf Tech)
  • Marshall, – (Chf Tech)
  • Mavison, – (Chf Tech)
  • McCracken, – (Engineering)
  • McFarqauhar, D (Chf Tech)
  • McGavin, “Mac” (Chf Tech)
  • McGovern, – (Chf Tech)
  • Mees, – (Engineering)
  • Messingham, J (Chf Tech)
  • Miles, Max (Chf Tech)
  • Moran, – (Engineering)
  • Morgan, CG (Engineering)
  • Morley, – (Engineering)
  • Morris, RCS (Engineering)
  • Morris, John (Engineering)
  • Morrison, – (Chf Tech)
  • Murphy, – (Engineering)
  • Nelson, Ian (Engineering)
  • Nichols, – (Engineering)
  • Neville, – (Engineering)
  • O’Gorman, Mike (Engineering)
  • Palmer, PJ (Engineering)
  • Parker, – (Chf Tech)
  • Parker, RJ (Engineering)
  • Parkes, – (Chf Tech)
  • Parkinson, B (Chf Tech)
  • Parkinson, – (Engineering)
  • Parks, John (Chf Tech)
  • Parry, – (Engineering)
  • Pearson, JF (Engineering)
  • Pickering, Dave (Engineering)
  • Pidduck, Richard (Administration)
  • Pogue, A (Engineering)
  • Portelli, – (Engineering)
  • Price, – (Engineering)
  • Proud, – (Engineering)
  • Reagan, F (Chf Tech)
  • Remon, – (Chf Tech)
  • Robinson, – (Engineering)
  • Roper, – (Chf Tech)
  • Ross, “Paddy” (Engineering)
  • Sackett, Trevor (Squadron Supplier)
  • Scanlon, – (Engineering)
  • Scrivener, Peter (Chf Tech)
  • Shepherd, – (Chf Tech)
  • Silverthorne, Pete (Engineering)
  • Smith, Mick (Engineering)
  • Steele, – (Engineering)
  • Sutherland, – (Engineering)
  • Taylor, Mal (Engineering)
  • Thorner, Derek (Chf Tech)
  • Upton, David (Engineering)
  • Uzzel, Dave (Engineering)
  • Valente, – (Engineering)
  • Verdon, Kevin (Engineering)
  • Vining, – (Engineering)
  • Wakefield, – (Engineering)
  • Wales, CJ (Engineering)
  • Watson, – (Engineering)
  • Westley, – (Engineering)
  • Wheatley, – (Engineering)
  • Williamson, – (Engineering)
  • Woodland, – (Engineering)

Please note that this list is “under construction” and may contain duplicates or errors. If you served as ground crew with the squadron and your name is not on the list, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you

Photo Gallery

B Shift 1978-1979 [Courtesy of Ian Nelson]

Ground Crew 1981 [Courtesy of Gerry Frew]

Top Row, Storeman, Hardcastle, Goodchild, Burke, NK, NK ,NK, Scrivener, NK. NK, Broughton, Neville, NK, SENGO, Morgan

Bottom Row. Carter, Ross, NK, NK, Lear, Silverthorne, O’Gorman, Davies, NK, Pidduck, Frew, Uzzel, NK.

Chief Technicians Oliver, Hibbens and Lomas, with Wing Comander Atkinson (left) and senior Engineering Officer Richardson (right) [1975?]


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Thanks to the following for getting in touch and providing a summary of their service with the squadron:

  • Les Ainsley
    • I served on the Squadron from 1979 until we disbanded and took part in the disbandment parade. I was an airframes Fitter/Techie and was on B shift.
  • Mike Gott
    • I was an engine fitter, detached to 35 on F dispersal when it returned from Cyprus
  • Ian Hopgood
    • I was a FLM on 35 from their return to Scampton in ’75 till I left in ’77.
  • Ian Nelson
    • I was a Vulcan Propulsion Technician from 1975 to 1980 on 35 Sqn at RAF Scampton
  • Mike O’Gorman
    • I served on 35 squadron from 1979 to 1981. Excellent times
  • Paul Blackley
    • I was a crew chief on 35 Sqn. (1975 to 1981). I had “MY” aircraft for which I held the inventory, it was XL443. If it was due to fly, or had maintenance in progress, I would take care of it, but we would look after whatever aircraft we were needed for. We flew away on rangers on a rota basis with various crews and using whatever aircraft had been allocated for the trip. Once our primary aircraft was airborne, we would look after another aircraft as required. Our principal job was to look after the technical administration and co-ordinate the maintenance required liaising with the various trades. We of course did the external “crew in” checks, see in checks and supervised the aircrew technical debrief on aircraft return.
  • Thomas Dignum
    • I was an air radar tech from 1975 to 80, mainly servicing the NBS systems; did a trip to Goose bay in the jump seat and did terrain following radar support for aircrew training. Detachment to Malta.
  • Mick Smith
    • I was a FLM on 35 Sqn on its return from Cyprus to Scampton until 1977. I remember going on a detachment to Shiraz in Iran. Very interesting place.
  • Trevor Sackett
    • I served as squadron supplier at RAF Scampton up to disbandment in 1982
  • Ron Gilchrist
    • I served on the Squadron from 1978 to 1980. I was the Sgt Pers Admin working alongside the late Wing Commander Roger Sweatman, and then the late Wing Commander Ian Junor. The Adjutant in that time was Flt Lt Geoff Lidbetter. On my posting to Pitreavie Castle to become PA to Air Vice Marshal Bairsto, Wg Cdr Junor honoured me with a 7th seat trip on a Lone Ranger to Goose and Offutt (8th to 21st February 1980). A trip of dreams. The crew, who were superb to me were, Scott-Skinner, Pat Chapman, Geoff Lidbetter and Al Collins. (Al Copplestone was Crew Chief)