Operational Summary (1946)

January 1946

During the month of January, all Dodge trips were cancelled until 1st April 1946, and Graveley’s flying programme was interrupted due to repairs on on all three runways.

With most of its personnel on embarkation leave in readiness for the anticipated overseas posting to Egypt in February, flying hours were limited

  • Flying Training included: Bullseye and Cross Country Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included: None Undertaken

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

February 1946

February saw the introduction of two new exercises, namely. “JINK” and “SINCUM”. The squadron’s posting to Egypt was cancelled for political reasons

  • Flying Training included: Formation Flying, Practice Bombing, Fighter Affiliation, Air to Sea Firing, H2S and Cross Country Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 19/02/1946 Operation Jink
    • 27/02/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 28/02/1946 Operation Sincum

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

March 1946

  • Flying Training included: Familiarisation, Formation Flying, Practice Bombing, Air to Sea Firing, 3 Engine Flying, BABS and Cross Country Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 02/03/1946 Operation Jink
    • 06/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 07/03/1946 Operation Sincum and Operation Jink
    • 08/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 09/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 11/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 13/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 16/03/1946 Operation Jink
    • 23/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 25/03/1946 Operation Sincum
    • 28/03/1946 Operation Jink
    • 30/03/1946 Operation Jink

All aircraft were grounded for 48 hours (19/03/1946 and 20/03/1946) due to unserviceable cowling brackets

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

April 1946

The squadron started an intensive formation flying programme on 8th April, in preparation for Operation Flower Drop and the London Victory Day Parade Flypast

  • Flying Training included: Cross Country, Local Flying, Fighter Affiliation, Formation Flying, Bombing Practice and Bullseye Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

May 1946

  • Flying Training included: Fighter Affiliation, Formation Flying, Cross Country, Bombing Practice, 3-Engine Flying and Air to Sea Firing
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 04/05/1946 Dutch Tour
    • 28/05/1946 Practice London Flypast

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:


Extract from JO Pennington’s Flying Log Book [Courtesy of Paul Thompson]

June 1946

Considerable effort was expended on completing the kitting out of the ground and flying personnel on Operation Lancaster (Goodwill Tour of the USA) and the servicing of the aircraft involved. The special leave given to 35 Squadron personnel that were on the tour meant limited flying hours for the month of June.

  • Flying Training included: Astro Cross Country, High Level Bombing Practice, Loop Homing and Formation Flying
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 06/06/1946 Full scale rehearsal for London Flypast
    • 08/061946 London Victory Day Flypast
    • 15/06/1946 Operation Wastage (unserviceable TI’s dropped in Cardigan Bay)

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

July 1946

See Operation Lancaster (Goodwill Tour of America)

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

August 1946

See Operation Lancaster (Goodwill Tour of America)

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

September 1946

Squadron personnel returned from leave on 6th September 1946 and on 10th September it started its move to RAF Stradishall.

  • Flying Training included: Formation Flying, Cross Country, BABS, Practice Bombing, Eureka, VHF Homing, 2 and 3 engine flying, Air to Sea Firing and H2S Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 13/09/1946 Leaflet Drop over Gloucester advertising RAF Exhibition (7 Maintenance Unit)
    • 14/09/1946 London Battle of Britain Flypast
    • 15/09/1946 Battle of Britain Commemoration Service (Ely Cathedral)
    • 22/09/1946 H2S Demonstration

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

October 1946

  • Flying Training included: Local Flying, H2S, BABS, Air Sea Rescue, Cross Country, 2 / 3 Engine Flying, Practice Bombing, Night Fighter Affiliation, and Air to Sea Firing Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 01/10/1946 H2S Demonstration
    • 25/10/1946 Operation Wastage

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

November 1946

  • Flying Training included: Local Flying, Cross Country, Air to Sea Firing, Instrument Flying, BABS, Practice Bombing and 2/3 Engine Flying Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 05/11/1946 Operation Frontline

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

December 1946

  • Flying Training included: Cross Country, H2S, Practice Bombing, VHF Homing, 2/3 Engine Flying, Circuits and Landings, Air to Sea Firing and Night Fighter Affiliation Exercises
  • Operational Exercises and Duties included:
    • 12/12/1946 Operation Wastage
    • 17/12/1946 Operation Frontline

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows: