2020/03 Newsletter

35 SQUADRON RESEARCH WORK

The focus this month has been on researching personnel that were on strength of the squadron during the inter-war years (1929 – 1939)

In addition, I have carried out research on the following who served with the squadron:

  • DA Arnott (Officer Commanding 1965 to 1967)
  • M Massy (1944)
  • GP Gardiner (1942)
  • M Cohen (1941 / 1942)
  • RT Morris (1942)
  • L Thorpe (1941 to ?)

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

MARCH “ON THIS DAY” SERIES

– Personnel and aircraft losses relating to each day –

ON THIS DAY (03/03)

On 3rd March 1919, No. 35 Squadron arrived at Netheravon Aerodrome (Wiltshire) having completed its World War I activities in Europe. It remained there until its disbandment on 26th June 1919.

ON THIS DAY (06/03)

An Avro Lancaster with 35 Squadron Markings

On 6th March 1944, the squadron started to re-equip with Lancaster III aircraft when Lancaster ND643 was flown from RAF Wyton to RAF Graveley by Major J Christie (“B”) Flight Commander

ON THIS DAY (10/03)

On 10th March 1941, No. 35 Squadron became operational with the Handley Page Halifax.

Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the docks and shipping canal at Le Havre, with the alternative of shipping at Boulogne.

Sadly, one aircraft was mistaken for an enemy aircraft and it was shot down by friendly fire over Surrrey on its return journey; four members of the crew were killed. A memorial now stands at the crash site at Merrist Wood.

ON THIS DAY (20/03)

On 20th March 1944, one of No. 35 Squadron’s flights, under the command of S/L JR Wood, moved to Downham Market to become part of the newly forming No. 635 Squadron.

Twenty eight officers and forty eight NCO aircrew travelled by air in nine Lancaster III aircraft. One hundred and two groundcrew personnel, comprised almost entirely of “B” Flight, travelled by road. In addition, a further nine squadron personnel and thirty two personnel from No. 9035 Servicing Echelon proceeded on posting to No. 9635 Servicing Echelon

In the early 1980s, a number of ground crew who had left No. 35 Squadron decided to try to track down their colleagues who had remained with the squadron at the time …. .and the 35 / 635 Squadron Association was formed

HIDDEN TREASURES?

Social distancing and self isolation is providing us all with time to root through our boxed-up photographs, documents and ephemera …. so if you are spending some time reminiscing and you come across any 35 Squadron related material which you would be happy to share, please get in touch.

[STAY SAFE]

ALWAYS REMEMBERED

(Article and Photograph courtesy of Linzee Duncan)

On the night of 30th March 1942, 12 aircraft took part in a raid on the Battleship Tirpitz which was which was moored in Fættenfjord, Norway; 3 of these aircraft (captained by Bushby, Archibald and Steinhauer) failed to return.

Today (78 years on) we went to visit my grandfather’s grave and those of all the other airmen who lost their lives in the March and April attacks on Tirpitz in 1942 along with the airmen from Coastal Command and PRU who were lost on ops related to the same target.

We lit a candle at the Cross of Sacrifice for those whose bodies were never recovered from the fjords and the sea and so have no known grave

CONTACT US

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