2020/09 Newsletter

Research Work

This month, I have carried out research on the following, all of whom served with the squadron:

  • RN Wolton (1917 to 1918)

September “On This Day” Series

For information on personnel and aircraft losses relating to each day, please click on the following link

– Personnel and aircraft losses –

September 1935

On 23rd September 1935, the squadron mobilised to Sudan, as part of the RAF’s commitment to policing the area during the Abyssinian Crisis

– More details –

September 1944

The following is an extract from the 35 Squadron aircraft “snag book” showing the damage to some of its aircraft after operations on 12th September 1944.

Courtesy of Sean Feast

September 1946

On 18th September 1946, the squadron (having returned from “Operation Lancaster” [Goodwill Tour of USA]) moved from RAF Graveley to RAF Stradishall

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RAF Stradishall circa 1945 [Source: Google Earth]

September 1961

On 11th September 1961, the squadron, which had been operating as a light bomber squadron (equipped with the Canberra B.2), was disbanded.

Wing Commander H Neubroch (Officer Commanding, 35 Squadron) recorded the following “All tasks arising before disbandment – flying, administrative, ceremonial and social were completed in full. It merely remains for me to wish our successors on No. 35 Squadron, joy and success – may all their runs be straight and true”

September 1992

On 19th September 1992, a memorial was unveiled at Blesme, France to honour the crew of Halifax W7657 which had crashed in the village on 19th September 1942, with the loss of 3 lives, including JH Marks, the Officer Commanding 35 Squadron

– More details on the loss –

September 2002

On 12th September 2002, a dedication ceremony was held in the Royal Air Force Wing at the National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire), where two trees had been planted (one for 35 Squadron, the other for 635 Squadron) and commemorative plaques installed.

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September 2018

On 29th September 2018, a memorial was unveiled in Vessem, Holland, to commemorate the loss of Lancaster ND762.

The memorial depicts the three airman that survived, along with the silhouettes of the five that lost their lives. The words “when the sun sets and darkness falls, I will remember” were recorded by Ernest Holmes’ (Shirl-E) in his POW diary, in memory of his crew

Photograph courtesy of Bart Beex

– More details on the loss –

Armstrong Whitworth FK8

This month, I have been updating the website pages relating to the Armstrong Whitworth FK8, which the squadron utilised throughout WWI to carry out its role of “providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands”

As part of the update, I gathered together some photographs of squadron aircraft, including some showing force landings

Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal

I have been sent the following update regarding the Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal

The order for the window has been placed with the designer (Claire Williamson), but with lock down affecting glass supplies, Claire decided to close the glass workshop for a while; however the good news is that the workshop is now open again and the full size template has been created.

The Queen’s crown has been replaced by the King’s crown on the ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ RAF crest, to reflect the crest used on the Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard.

Responding to feedback from the Historic England stained glass window advisor, the font used for the words ‘Commemorating those who served at RAF Scampton” has been changed to that used on the updated RAF Logos.

The serial number on the Lancaster bomber has been removed so that it now represents all Lancasters that flew from RAF Scampton.  

Sadly, with a new period of Covid restrictions recently imposed for the next 6 months, the window will not now be installed prior to Remembrance Day 2020 as originally planned, but will be installed as early in 2021 as restrictions allow. The window’s dedication ceremony will hopefully follow in the summer.

Fundraising is continuing and we are now 82% of the way towards our funding target.

Wing Commander (rtd) Bill Ramsey and Squadron Leader (rtd) Martin Withers DFC (who flew the last ever flight of the Avro Vulcan) have kindly signed photographs in aid of the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal.

Accompanying the signed photo is the story of that poignant final flight. The signed photo and text are perfect for creating a montage, should you wish to frame them. An example is shown below.

Scampton Church are offering both the photo and text for £25 including postage (frame not included). All proceeds go towards the RAF Scampton Commemorative Window Appeal.

We are grateful to both pilots, and Vulcan to the Sky Trust for supporting this unique historical offer.

If you are interested in purchasing the signed photo and text please e-mail rafwindow@scamptonchurch.org

Contacts

This month, I have been contacted by the following:

  • Geraldine Wood: My dad, Richard Wood, piloted Vulcans on 35 Squadron
  • Ernie Todd: I was a Nav Plotter and was on 35 Sqn, from 64-68 and came across your site by chance. I must say, it is most impressive and must occupy so much of your time. It will take me ages to finish. Somewhere, I have photos from those far-off days, I just need to find them – still to be unpacked from a big move.