1969 – 1974 (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.

Engineering Trades

Maintenance and Servicing of aircraft and equipment was carried out by Technical / Engineering personnel, (eg Aircraft Engineering Technicians, Aircraft Technicians, Aircraft Mechanics, Flight Line Mechanics, Electronic Engineering Technicians, Electronic Technicians, Electronic Mechanics) 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

Other Ground Trades

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

Whilst No 35 Squadron was stationed at Akrotiri, all technical and engineering work (including daily inspection and servicing of squadron aircraft) was carried out by the station Technical Wing (Centralised Servicing), leaving only Administration Personnel on strength of the squadron.

It is worth noting that ground personnel were attached to the squadron for daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations, whilst it was on detachment


Personnel on strength of (or attached to) No 35 Squadron

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) and the names on these lists have been included on this page.

The following are known to have been attached to the squadron for Exercise Midlink / Pedigree 1973:

Reginald Gerald Astbury, Peter Robert Atkinson, Richard John Barrett, William Blackadder, Edward Booker, Michael Charles Bracey, GF Brooks, Ronald Cameron, David Carr, Robert Joseph Chadwick, John Costick, John Dellera, DH Dodds, Ronald Michael Ellis, JG England, Douglas Ian Victor Thomas Evans, Alan Farrar, Joseph Fenwick, JD Fitzsimmons, Graham Richard Forbes, Rex Gill, Brian Ralph Gould, Malcolm Gray, James Alexander Morrison Hamilton, Graham Thomas Hare, Kenneth Joseph Helsby, Charles George Illingworth, Anthony Joseph Johnson, Brian David Jones, Vernon George Russell Keen, John Francis Kenny, Peter Lacey, Rodney John Lees, TA Mann, Stanley Gerald Mitchelmore, James Bruce Murchie, Barrie Nancarrow, Leslie Adrian Ian Newby, Edward Thomas Plumb, R Pullan, Derrick Charles Ramsay, Stewart Henry Reid, Martin Joseph Sables, Michael Neville William Thompson, N Thompson, Jon Richard Thornton, Terence Douglas Turner, Murray Davie Whyte, David John Craig Williams, Alan Frank Wood

The following are known to have been attached to the squadron for Exercise Shabaz 1974:

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