1916 to 1919 (Ground Personnel)

Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Other Ranks operated throughout the domestic, technical and airfield sites, providing essential ground services in support of air operations.

Trades that were on strength of each squadron are listed in the Mobilisation Table as follows:

  • Headquarters
    • Squadron Commander, Flying Officers, Equipment Officer, Assistant Machine Gun Instructor, Recording Officer, Warrant Officers, Flight Serjeants, Armourers, Acetylene Welder, Blacksmiths, Carpenters, Clerks (General), Coppersmith, Cook, Drivers (MT), Electricians, Fitters (General), Fitter (Machinist), Fitter (Turner), Instrument Repairers, Motor Cyclists, Mechanics (Wireless), Sailmakers, Storemen, Vulcansier
    • Also attached: RAMC, Batmen
  • Three Flights, each consisting of:
    • Flight Commander, Flying Officers, Officer Observers, Equipment Officer, Qualified Aerial Gunners, Flight Serjeant, Serjeants, Carpenter, Coppersmith, Cooks, Drivers (MT), Electrician, Fitters (General), Fitters (Engine), Fitters (Turner), Instrument Repairer, Mechanics (Wireless), Motor Cyclists, Photographers, Riggers, Sailmaker
    • Also attached: Batmen

Technical / Engineering Trades

Maintenance, Servicing and Repair of aircraft and equipment was carried out by Technical / Engineering personnel, 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 an Aircraft Supply Depot / Aircraft Park.

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 airfield, was only on aircraft and equipment that were on charge of the squadron.

Personnel on strength of an Aircraft Supply Depot / Aircraft Park were responsible for ongoing maintenance work (incl. rectification of more complex faults) and scheduled servicing. Work, which was carried out at the Depot / Park, was on all aircraft and equipment that were on charge of the various RFC Brigades.

Other Ground Trades

Other ground personnel carried out technical and administrative duties such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support.


No 35 Squadron’s record book contains little or no information regarding Ground Personnel, but a few listings can be found (eg on squadron movement orders)