1919 (Squadron Disbanded)

The squadron was reduced to “cadre” status on 19th January 1919. It returned to the UK in March 1919 and disbanded on 26th June 1919


Stationed at:

  • France
    • La Bellevue, France
    • 19/01/1919: Moved to St Marie-Cappel, France
  • UK
    • 03/03/1919: Moved to Netheravon, Wiltshire (for the purposes of disbandment)

La Bellevue [Source: 49squadron.co.uk]


Role

As a Corps Squadron, No. 35 Squadron was tasked with providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands.


Command


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • Major DF Stevenson DS0 MC

Strength (Cadre Status)


Activities (Up to 3rd March 1919)

Air Crew

  • Post War Monitoring
  • Ground Training and Flying Training (*)
  • Preparations for return to the UK

Ground Personnel

  • Daily servicing, ongoing maintenance and scheduled servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

(*) There are no pages in the Record Book for 1919, but is assumed that the squadron continued with activities such as Photography, Reconnaissance and Camera Gun until its return to the UK in March

Activities (3rd March 1919 to 26th June 1919)

  • Return to the UK
  • Disbandment

Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types:

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ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH FK8

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


The following link provides more details about the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron (including details on all known losses and incidents)

1918

The squadron operated as a Corps Squadron until the cessation of hostilities on 11th November 1918

Stationed at:

  • Estrees-en-Chaussée
  • 22/03/1918: Moved to Chipilly
  • 24/03/1918: Moved to Poulainville
  • 28/03/1918: Moved to Abbeville
  • 05/04/1918: Moved to Poulainville
  • 04/05/1918: Moved to Villers-Bocage (Flesselles)
  • 05/09/1918: Moved to Suzanne
  • 15/09/1918: Moved to Moislains
  • 06/10/1918: Moved to Longavesnes
  • 17/10/1918: Moved to Elincourt
  • 10/11/1918: Moved to Flaumont
  • 11/11/1918: Moved to Grand Fayt
  • 13/11/1918: Moved to Elincourt
  • 29/11/1918: Moved to La Bellevue

Estrees-en-Chaussée


Role

As a Corps Squadron, No. 35 Squadron was tasked with providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands. The role included:

  • Location of Hostile Batteries
  • Observation of Artillery Fire
  • Contact Patrol Work
  • Close Reconnaissance and Photography
  • Offensive action against vulnerable points in the Army reconnaissance area

Command

  • 12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])
  • 09/03/1918: 15th Corps Wing, 5th Brigade, RFC (Attached to the 19th Corps [IV Army])
  • 05/04/1918: 15th Corps Wing, 5th Brigade, RFC (Attached to the 3rd Corps [IV Army])
  • 06/10/1918: 15th Corps Wing, 5th Brigade, RFC (Attached to the 13th Corps [IV Army])
  • 10/11/1918: 5th Brigade, RFC Advanced Force [Bethell’s Force])

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer(s)
    • Major AV Holt DSO
    • 19/04/1918: Major KF Balmain
    • 09/09/1918: Major DF Stevenson DS0 MC

Strength

Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Conversion Training
  • Operational Training
  • Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron”

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations 
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)
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Extract from HG Harper’s Log Book [Source: Harper Family]

Summary of the squadron’s photographic work (3rd August 1918)


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types:

Armstrong Whitworth FK8 (for day to day training and operational use)

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ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH FK8

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


BRISTOL FIGHTER
(for long range reconnaissance)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following links provide more details about the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron (including details on all known losses and incidents)

1917

On 18th January 1917, No 35 Squadron mobilised to France. Having worked up to operational readiness, it moved to its first front-line aerodrome on 5th April 1917 and operated as a Corps squadron for the remainder of the year

Stationed at:

  • Narborough (Norfolk)
  • 18/01/1917: Mobilised to France
  • 03/02/1917: Reformed at St André-aux-Bois, France
  • 05/04/1917: Moved to Savy, France
  • 13/05/1917: Moved to Villers-Bretonneux, France
  • 23/05/1917: Moved to Mons-en-Chaussee, France
  • 13/07/1917: Moved to Savy, France
  • 19/08/1917: Moved to La Gorgue, France
  • 05/10/1917: Moved to La Lovie (Poperinge), Belgium
  • 17/10/1917: Moved to Bruay, France
  • 07/11/1917: Moved to Estrees-en-Chaussee, France

La Gorgue [Courtesy of White Family]


Role

As a Corps Squadron, No. 35 Squadron was tasked with providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands. The role included:

  • Location of Hostile Batteries
  • Observation of Artillery Fire
  • Contact Patrol Work
  • Close Reconnaissance and Photography
  • Offensive action against vulnerable points in the Army reconnaissance area

Command

  • 7th Wing, Training Brigade (UK)
  • January 1917: 1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, RFC(Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])
  • xx/xx/1917: 12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer(s)
    • Major BF Vernon-Harcourt
    • 21/02/1917: Handed over to AV Holt

Strength (HQ and 3 Flights)

(*) Trainee Pilots were also “on attachment to the squadron” for Higher Instruction in Aviation, with Trainee Observers “on attachment” for Instruction in Aerial Observation


Activities (up to 18/01/1917)

Air Crew

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations 
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

Squadron aircraft lined up at Narborough prior to flying to France [Air Pictorial]

Activities (18/01/1917 to 03/02/1917)

Air Crew and Ground Personnel

Activities (03/02/1917 to 05/04/1917)

Air Crew

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations 
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

Activities (from 5th April 1917)

Air Crew

  • Ground Training
  • Flying Training
  • Conversion Training
  • Operational Training
  • Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron”

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations 
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

Extract from Flying Log Book of Graham Baron Ash [Courtesy of Andrew Pentland]


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types:

ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH FK8
(for day to day training and operational use)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY BE2c and BE2d
(for Communication Flights between January and April 1917)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following pages identify the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron whilst stationed at Narborough and whilst mobilised to France, along with details of known losses and incidents:

1916

No. 35 Squadron formed at Thetford Aerodrome (Norfolk) [from a nucleus of No. 9 Squadron] on 1st February 1916. It spent the rest of the year working up to operational strength, in readiness for mobilisation to France

Stationed at:

  • 01/02/1916: Thetford (Norfolk)
  • 16/06/1916: Moved to Narborough (Norfolk)
Thetford 1916.jpg

Role

As a Corps Squadron, No. 35 Squadron was tasked with providing medium and short distance aerial reconnaissance for one of the British Army Corps Commands. The role included:

  • Location of Hostile Batteries
  • Observation of Artillery Fire
  • Contact Patrol Work
  • Close Reconnaissance and Photography
  • Offensive action against vulnerable points in the Army reconnaissance area

Command

  • 01/02/1916: 6th Wing, VI Brigade RFC
  • 01/05/1916: Transferred to 7th Wing, VI Brigade RFC (i)
  • 20/07/1916: 7th Wing, Training Brigade RFC (ii)

(i) when the UK Wings were reconfigured on a regional basis
(ii) when VI Brigade RFC was renamed Training Brigade


Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer
    • Major BF Vernon-Harcourt

BF Vernon-Harcourt


Strength (Working up to Headquarters and Three Flights)

(*) Pilots were also “on attachment to the squadron” for Higher Instruction in Aviation, with Observers “on attachment” for Instruction in Aerial Observation

35atNarborough

Personnel at Narborough (possibly the five men sent from Cavalry Corps to assist with training) [Source: Narborough History Association]


Activities

Air Crew (*)

Ground Personnel

  • Daily servicing, ongoing maintenance and scheduled servicing of squadron aircraft and equipment
  • Other squadron related technical and administrative duties (such as Logistics, Air Operations Support, Intelligence, Administration and Personnel / Medical support)

(*) Training was carried out at Thetford and Narborough and offsite at RFC Schools and Manufacturers

Extract from C Williams’ Flying Log Book (Receiving “Instruction in Aerial Observation”)
[Courtesy of Cyril Williams]


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The daily routine for the winter months (issued 28th October 1916)


Aircraft

VARIOUS TRAINING AIRCRAFT

The squadron utilised a wide variety of training aircraft whilst it worked up to operational readiness at Thetford and Narborough

Profile © Malcolm Barrass


ARMSTRONG-WHITWORTH FK8

In October 1916, the squadron took delivery of the first of its designated service aircraft, the Armstrong-Whitworth FK8, which it would utilise whilst mobilised to France

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

The following links provide more details about the aircraft that were on charge of the squadron, along with information on known losses and incidents: