Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Other Ranks operated throughout the domestic, technical and airfield sites, providing essential ground services in support of air operations.
Technical / Engineering Trades
Maintenance, Servicing and Repair of aircraft and equipment was carried out by Technical / Engineering personnel (such as Fitters, Electricians, Flight Mechanics, Armourers, Instrument Repairers), 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.
[#] It is worth noting that personnel on strength of No. 9035 Servicing Echelon were attached to No 35 Squadron to assist with the daily servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment from 3rd November 1943 until 3rd March 1945
Other Ground Trades
Other ground personnel carried out technical and administrative duties such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support.
Trades were grouped as follows, with Group I being the highest paid out of Groups I to V:
[Source: ABC of the RAF (published post 1941)]
[*] Trades and Groups changed throughout the war, so the listing is to demonstrate the variety of trades. It has not been possible to find a listing which identifies which were on strength of the squadron and which were on strength of the station.
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 squadron related Administrative Duties
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)
Fitters and Flight Mechanics on arrival at RAF Graveley (with JH Marks)
Armament Section (Date Unknown)
The following airfield incidents occurred whilst the squadron was based at RAF Linton-On-Ouse and RAF Graveley:
- Airfield Attack at Linton (11/05/1941)
- Airfield Attack at Linton (17/08/1941)
- Bomb Explosion at RAF Graveley (25/07/1943)
- Bomb Explosion at RAF Graveley (25/11/1943)
The following provides memories of airman that served as Ground Personnel: