2020/01 Newsletter

35 Squadron Research Work

I have carried out (or I am in the process of carrying out) research on the following 35 Squadron related subjects:

  • The loss of Halifax HR812
  • WWI War Casualties
  • WWII Prisoners of War
  • WF Philpot (1945 / 1946)

If you would like information on a relative who served with the squadron (1916 – 1982), please get in touch and I will do my best to help

January’s “On this Day” Series

– Personnel and aircraft losses relating to each day –

ON THIS DAY (15/01)

On 15th January 1969, the first five crews (Bayliss, Dorrington, Carver, Tench and Wood) departed from RAF Cottesmore for RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, which was where the squadron would be stationed for the next six years.

ON THIS DAY (16/01)

On 16th January 1975, the first wave of four aircraft led by Wg Cdr KI Watson and with Sqn Ldr WD MacGillivary, Flt Lt GR Agnew and Flt Lt IGF Lord as captains of the other three aircraft, departed RAF Akrotiri for RAF Scampton. KI Watson’s aircraft carried the first conjoined 35 (“Skyhook”) marking on its tailplane. The squadron would be stationed at Scampton until its disbandment in 1982

ON THIS DAY (18/01)

On 18th January 1917, the squadron mobilised to France as a Corps Squadron, capable of providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands.

The convoy of trucks, lorries and motorcycles left Narborough and travelled to St. André-aux-Bois (via Portsmouth, Le Havre and Rouen) arriving on 3rd February 1917.

The squadron’s three flights of Armstrong-Whitworth FK8 (18 aircraft) were flown out from Narborough on 25th January 1917 and after a short stay at the RFC holding camp at St Omer (26th January to 3rd February) they joined the squadron personnel at St André-aux-Bois.

ON THIS DAY (19/01)

A map of the March [Courtesy of Jamie Wilkinson (*)]

On 19th January 1945, the German Authorities started to evacuate prisoners of war from the various camps, as the Red Army approached.

Over the next few weeks and months, prisoners, including those from No. 35 Squadron, were forced to march long distances in extreme wintry conditions and with minimal rations.

Some squadron personnel lost their lives prior to repatriation, including AH Porter, who was killed when allied aircraft mistakenly attacked a POW column.

It should be remembered that those that did return carried the memories of their time on the March for the rest of their lives.

(*) The map was drawn by E Wilkinson and shows the route(s) he took whilst on the March

ON THIS DAY (30/01)

On 30th January 1943, Navigational Aid Y [H2S], a ground scanning radar system, was used for the first time by squadron aircraft on an operation to Hamburg

Flamingo Magazine

I was updating the website to include the Flamingo Magazine on the “Ephemera” page and was intrigued by the name of the author “Bellepheron”on the squadron’s Pegasus Page.

A quick search showed that this was not some form of RAF slang, but a hero in Greek mythology who rode a white Pegasus.

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