Daily record of the squadron’s operational activities
35 Squadron records are available in the following file(s) at the UK National Archives:
(*) Also contains a file entitled “Programme of Work” for February 1917 (content not known)
It is worth noting that the records for each day show the afternoon / evening activities for the previous day, followed by the morning activities for that particular day (suggesting that they were completed at lunch time each day)
Bomber Command created a card for each aircraft that failed to return from an operational flight.
The amount of data recorded on the cards varied, but normally included the names of the crew and their fate. In some cases, information on the route taken, the equipment on board, the bomb load and feedback from survivors is also included.
The notes on the reverse of the cards are usually hard to read (due to the “spider” handwriting), but it is usually possible to decipher the bulk, thereby ensuring some understanding of the content.
The surviving cards are held by the Ministry of Defence Air Historical Branch.
However, the RAF Museum holds copies on microfilm and provide a copying service.
The National Archives are in the process of making the P.4 (Cas), Casualty Branch Files available to the public. The files show details of casualties resulting from air operations and aircraft accidents from 1939-1945.
35 Squadron records are available in the following file(s) at the UK National Archives:
AIR 81/1611 Pilot Officer G A C Rhind, Aircraftman E W Looker, Aircraftman B Connor: killed; Battle K9472, 35 Squadron; aircraft accident, 29 October 1939.
AIR 81/1627 Pilot Officer A E Wickham, Aircraftman J H Ledson: uninjured; Sergeant S Hammersley: injured; Battle K9473, 35 Squadron; aircraft accident, 5 November 1939.
AIR 81/1901 Sergeant A R Hermels: died of wounds; mid-air collision involving Blenheim L8845, 35 Squadron, and Blenheim L6596, 90 Squadron, 12 March 1940.
AIR 81/1976 Sergeant J D Stein: killed; aircraft accident, Upwood, Blenheim P6918, 35 Squadron, 6 April 1940.
AIR 81/4807 Aircraftman A E Goulding: killed; enemy action at Manchester, 35 Squadron, 23 December 1940.
AIR 81/4856 Flight Lieutenant M T G Henry, Pilot Officer L J McDonald, Sergeant A C H R Russell, Sergeant W C B Hall, Sergeant F L Plowman, Sergeant W C B Jesse: killed; aircraft accident near Baldersby St James, Halifax L9487, 35 Squadron, 13 January 1941.
AIR 81/5409 “Sergeant C W Wilson: injured; aircraft hit by enemy anti aircraft fire over target, Halifax L9493, 35 Squadron, 10 March 1941.
Note: Related files: 4952, 4956″
AIR 81/5887 Sergeant E R E Hewlett, Sergeant W Broadbent, Sergeant F Stewart: injured; aircraft crashed at Tollerton on return from operational flight, Halifax L9493, 35 Squadron, 16 April 1941.
AIR 81/6934 Sergeant L Martin: injured; Pilot Officer D S S Wilkerson, Sergeant T R Nixon, Sergeant J Constable, Sergeant D J Mennie, Sergeant J Colgan: uninjured; crash landing due to enemy action, Halifax L9506, 35 Squadron, 16 June 1941.
AIR 81/7255 Sergeant A V Simpson: died of injuries; Flying Officer R F Owen, Sergeant L A Maynard, Sergeant E A F Gibb, Sergeant D R Hogg, Sergeant J Lewins, Sergeant J W Hays: uninjured; enemy action, aerial combat, Halifax L9501, 35 Squadron, 30 June 1941.
AIR 81/7283 Flight Lieutenant T D I Robison, Sergeant L Hancock, Flight Sergeant A J Davie, Sergeant R N Hares, Sergeant R Dunn, Sergeant P Ingham: killed; Sergeant E J Harding: prisoner of war; aircraft shot down and crashed at Welt, Germany, Halifax L9499, 35 Squadron, 30 June 1941. With photographs.
AIR 81/7458 Flying Officer P Langmead, Sergeant W T Hogan, Sergeant G Roberts, Sergeant R F Jackson, Sergeant K Cattran, Sergeant K Harland, Sergeant F H Brown: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed near Maastricht, Holland, Halifax L9502, 35 Squadron, 8 July 1941.
AIR 81/7483 Flight Sergeant A E Hammond, Sergeant H E Coleman, Sergeant T A Parkes: killed; Sergeant L W Bovington, Sergeant A R Kiddey, Sergeant H S Bradbeer, Flight Sergeant G D Barry: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed, Mook, Holland, Halifax L9521, 35 Squadron, 9 July 1941. With negatives.
AIR 81/7850 Pilot Officer H W Stone: killed; Sergeant J H Smith, Sergeant W Perriment: injured; Warrant Officer G A Holden, Sergeant H A Perks, Sergeant J W Steven, Sergeant J P Henderson: uninjured; aircraft hit by enemy anti aircraft fire over La Rochelle, France, Halifax L9511, 35 Squadron, 24 July 1941.
AIR 81/7855 Sergeant P G Bolton: killed; Sergeant D Rowley-Blake: injured; operational flight over La Rochelle against Scharnhorst, Halifax L9524, 35 Squadron, 24 July 1941.
AIR 81/7864 Flight Sergeant C A Godwin, Sergeant C H Newstead, Flight Sergeant S H J Shirley, Sergeant G G Esnouf, Sergeant R T Rudlin, Sergeant L H Newstead: killed; Flight Lieutenant A G Eperon, Sergeant E O T Balcomb: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down near La Rochelle, Halifax L9527, 35 Squadron, 27 April 1941. Orderable at item level.
AIR 81/7872 Flight Sergeant S D Greaves, Sergeant J N Gibson, Sergeant W C Walters, Sergeant G H F Ogden, Sergeant E W Constable, Sergeant A Gillbanks, Sergeant A Henery: prisoners of war; aircraft crashed during operational flight over La Rochelle against Scharnhorst, Halifax L9512, 35 Squadron, 24 July 1941.
AIR 81/7873 Sergeant W Walken: injured; Pilot Officer A C M Millar, Sergeant F E Booy, Sergeant J D Hall, Sergeant R Frimildby, Sergeant J I Robinson, Flight Sergeant G A Chalmers: uninjured; enemy action, Halifax L9491, 35 Squadron, 24 July 1941.
AIR 81/7893 Pilot Officer E R P S Cooper, Sergeant J H R Cruickshank, Sergeant Collings, Flight Sergeant A J Heller, Sergeant D J Mennie, Flight Sergeant R A Bates, Sergeant E Short: killed; aircraft shot down and crashed near Wustermark, Germany, Halifax L9507, 35 Squadron, 26 July 1941.
AIR 81/8303 Sergeant T A Burne: injured; aircraft crashed at Hinlevestore, Norfolk on return from operational flight, enemy action, Halifax L9497, 35 Squadron, 13 August 1941.
AIR 81/8342 Pilot Officer R Lisle, Sergeant M G Garner, Sergeant K R Sewell, Sergeant J A A Cox, Flight Sergeant J J Rogers, Sergeant W L Berry (RCAF), Sergeant H T McQuigg: killed; aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Magdeburgh, Germany, Halifax L9500, 35 Squadron, 14 August 1941.
AIR 81/8547 Sergeant J Fuller, Sergeant J B Anderson (RCAF), Pilot Officer V M Markham, Sergeant A A S Heggie, Sergeant W M Collins, Sergeant T P McHale, Pilot Officer J McGregor-Cheers: killed; aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Dusseldorf, Germany, Halifax L9572, 35 Squadron, 25 August 1941.
AIR 81/8653 Pilot Officer A E C Adkins, Pilot Officer C J Pearson, Sergeant H Brelsford, Sergeant A J Manning, Sergeant H Thompson, Sergeant A W Rose, Sergeant F W Hill: aircraft shot down and crashed near Lippe Ferry, Germany, Halifax L9501, 35 Squadron, 29 August 1941.
AIR 81/8775 Flight Sergeant W D McAdam, Sergeant R S Bryer: killed; Pilot Officer W E Thomas: prisoner of war; aircraft shot down and crashed off the coast of Holland, Havoc AW404, 35 Squadron, 31 August 1941.
AIR 81/8804 Flying Officer R James, Sergeant J K Young: killed; Sergeant S R Arthur, Sergeant H S Oldman, Sergeant R G Mullally, Sergeant T E Allanson, Sergeant A R P Mills: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed at Basdorf, Germany, Halifax L9508, 35 Squadron, 3 September 1941.
AIR 81/8808 Pilot Officer D S Fraser, Sergeant N Willingham, Pilot Officer J P B Cushion, Sergeant D Slater, Sergeant A H Stround: killed; Sergeant R L B Beare, Sergeant E Wilkinson: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed near Berlin, Germany, Halifax L9560, 35 Squadron, 3 September 1941.
AIR 81/8989 Sergeant I Jackson: killed; Sergeant C E R Parsons, Sergeant J Watt, Sergeant L D H Izzard, Sergeant R W Long, Sergeant W T Palmer: uninjured; rear gunner baled out over enemy territory, Halifax L9504, 35 Squadron, 8 September 1941.
AIR 81/8990 Flying Officer G S Williams, Sergeant A Osbourne, Pilot Officer J O Hedley, Sergeant E M Jackson, Sergeant C F S Ryder, Sergeant A Urquhart, Sergeant J E Murrell: prisoners of war; aircraft force landed near Valognes, France, during return from operational flight over Turin, Italy, Halifax L9566, 35 Squadron, 11 September 1941. With photographs.
AIR 81/9087 Pilot Officer H S Brown: killed; Squadron Leader J H Barrett, Sergeant J A Arnsby (RCAF), Sergeant H E Greene, Sergeant S T Fisher (RCAF), Sergeant J W Hays, Sergeant R Shaw: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed near Kiel, Germany, Halifax L9503, 35 Squadron, 15 September 1941.
AIR 81/9794 Pilot Officer D S S Wilkerson: injured; aircraft accident at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Halifax L9524, 35 Squadron, 22 October 1941.
AIR 81/9990 Pilot Officer A Abels, Sergeant H Rivedal: injured; enemy action at Linton-on-Ouse, Halifax L9504, 35 Squadron, 31 October 1941.
AIR 81/10192 Sergeant R F Thompson, Pilot Officer G Whitaker, Sergeant E R Thomas: killed; Sergeant C Witcher (RCAF), Sergeant A R Kilminster (RCAF), Pilot Officer M O Stephens, Sergeant R R Drummond: prisoners of war, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Essen, Halifax L9603, 35 Squadron, 7 November 1941.
AIR 81/10608 Sergeant J Collins; killed; Flight Sergeant J C Hamilton, Pilot Officer C G Lythgoe, Sergeant J A Longford, Sergeant A E Connor, Sergeant J P Henderson, Sergeant R Stapleford: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed at Lentfohrden, Germany, Halifax L9582, 35 Squadron, 30 November 1941.
AIR 81/10871 Sergeant L W Ketteringham: killed; Sergeant G L Grill, Pilot Officer H D Buckley, Flight Sergeant J R Bell, Sergeant F W Crooker, Sergeant M V Wakeling, Sergeant R W G Kent: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight, Halifax L9600, 35 Squadron, 11 December 1941.
AIR 81/11099 Flying Officer R C Rivaz: injured; Wing Commander B V Robinson, Sergeant H R Larson, Flying Officer A Abels, Sergeant N H Hood, Sergeant W H Mennell, Flight Lieutenant F E P Butonshaw: uninjured; aircraft crashed at sea on return from operational flight over Brest, France, enemy action, Halifax V9978, 35 Squadron, 18 December 1941.
AIR 81/11291 Squadron Leader S A Middleton, Pilot Officer R A F Frew, Pilot Officer L J P Foster, Sergeant J A Orton, Sergeant P C G Maflin, Sergeant M G Kipling, Sergeant A E Greenwood: killed; aircraft shot down and crashed near Porspoder, France, Halifax V9979, 35 Squadron, 30 December 1941.
AIR 81/12496 Sergeant H A Hawkin: injured; Halifax R9445, 35 Squadron; aircraft crashed near Cottenham on return from an operational flight over Billancourt, France, 3 March 1942.
AIR 81/12608 Pilot Officer P V Barthel, Sergeant C G Ganley, Sergeant C E Johnson, Sergeant A T Bennett, Sergeant R G Jones, Sergeant G Cartwright, Sergeant R M Mules; missing believed killed; Halifax R9450, 35 Squadron; aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Essen, Germany, 9 March 1942.
AIR 81/13071 Flight Sergeant G H Steinhauer (RCAF), Pilot Officer P G Brown, Sergeant E T Meade, Sergeant M Cowan: killed; Flight Sergeant L E Goodrum, Sergeant D G Campbell, Sergeant J B Dunlop: missing believed killed; Halifax W1015, 35 Squadron; aircraft shot down and crashed near Trondheim, Norway, during an attack on the German warship Tirpitz, 31 March 1942.
AIR 81/13739 Sergeant A B Columbine, Sergeant A W S Evans (RNZAF): killed; Flight Lieutenant D Petley, Sergeant G E Cranstone, Sergeant G Pomroy, Sergeant G P Price: prisoners of war; Halifax W7656, 35 Squadron, aircraft crashed during operational flight at Trondheim, Fjord, Norway, 29 April 1942.
AIR 81/13908 Flying Officer M R M Pooles, Pilot Officer G J P Henry, Sergeant D E Rarity, Sergeant A Wilstrop, Pilot Officer F W G Hill, Sergeant H A Booth: killed; Halifax W1020, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an Operational flight over Trondheim, Norway, 28 April 1942.
AIR 81/13931 Flying Officer D P MacIntyre (RCAF), Pilot Officer I Hewitt, Sergeant D L Perry, Sergeant R G Blanchet (RCAF), Sergeant R H D Wilson: interned in Sweden, Sergeant V C Stevens: prisoner of war; Halifax W1048, 35 Squadron, aircraft crashed into Lake Hocklingen, Norway, during attack on German battleship Tirpitz, 28 April 1042. With photograph.
AIR 81/14111 Squadron Leader K W Bonnar, Sergeant J N Hindle, Sergeant J A G Firth, Sergeant N H Hood, Sergeant J T Stanworth: killed; Flying Officer G P Gardiner (RCAF), Sergeant A H Fuce: prisoners of war; Halifax 1050, 35 Squadron, enemy action, aircraft shot down and crashed at Ochamps, Belgium during an operational flight to Stuttgart, Germany, 7 May 1942.
AIR 81/14416 Flight Sergeant D H Reed (RNZAF), Sergeant F D Hunter (RAAF), Sergeant E J Morris, Sergeant F E Flint, Flight Sergeant L P Russell (RNZAF), Sergeant R L Prosser: killed; Halifax W1101, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Mannheim, Germany, 20 May 1942. With photographs and artefact.
AIR 81/14425 Pilot Officer R W Valters, Sergeant Pilot S R Stickney, Sergeant G Kennedy (RCAF), Sergeant W O Hunt: killed; Pilot Officer R G Baker: prisoner of war; Sergeant G Daft, Sergeant D G Southwell: evaded capture; Halifax W7658, 35 Squadron, enemy action, aircraft shot down and crashed near Charleville-……, France, 20 May 1942
AIR 81/14913 Sergeant S E Davies, Pilot Officer T J Taylor (RCAF), Flight Sergeant R L Bradshaw (RCAF), Sergeant A Squires, Flight Sergeant R J Chisholm (RCAF), Sergeant H Thomas: missing believed killed; Halifax R9439, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Emden, Germany, 6 June 1942.
AIR 81/14992 Flight Lieutenant R B Chadwick, Sergeant W E Pilborough (RCAF), Sergeant J R Storey, Sergeant W J Hopkins, Sergeant J A McKinstry: killed; Sergeant J A Catley: prisoner of war; Sergeant J T Pack: evaded capture; Halifax W7701, 35 Squadron, enemy action, aircraft shot down and crashed near Genck, Belgium during an operational flight over Essen, Germany, 9 June 1942. With photographs.
AIR 81/14998 Flight Sergeant G J Sharman, Sergeant E E C Evans, Sergeant H R G D Elliott: killed; Pilot Officer A C McKenzie, Sergeant J E Bottomley, Sergeant A C Schofield: missing believed killed; Halifax W7699, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Essen, Germany, 9 June 1942.
AIR 81/15130 Sergeant W A Gordon: injured; Halifax W1102, 35 Squadron, enemy action, aircraft force landed at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk during an operational flight over Emden, Germany, 20 June 1942.
AIR 81/15372 Pilot Officer A RE Cooper, Pilot Officer E R Arnold, Sergeant R Lucas, Sergeant S Broadhurst: killed: Squadron Leader P A Gilchrist, Sergeant A G Aedy: injured; Halifax L9489, 35 Squadron, shot down by British night fighter returning from an operational flight over Le Havre, France, 10 March 1941 [RECORD OUT OF SEQUENCE].
AIR 81/15419 Sergeant W Sharp, Sergeant R C Prout, Sergeant P A Hilton, Leading Aircraftsman P E Davis, Sergeant S Thickett, Sergeant C Burdon: prisoners of war; Halifax R9444, 35 Squadron, crew baled from aircraft near of Antwerp, during operational flight Essen, Germany, 3 June 1942.
AIR 81/15439 Sergeant M G Pike, Sergeant T A Drower, Sergeant R A Yates, Flight Sergeant D Wrampling, Sergeant E Corcoran, Sergeant S G Cooper (RNZAF): prisoners of war; Halifax W102435, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Essen, Germany, 9 June 1942. With x 4 artefacts (Leather strip with name ‘Wrampling’) Sergeants Chevrons, Flight Sergeant Brass crown badge, Air Gunners Brevet).
AIR 81/15519 Sergeant S J Harding, Pilot Officer R H Birch: prisoners of war; Pilot Officer H G B Mays, Sergeant S F Hazelton, Sergeant A J Selby, Sergeant R Fisher, Sergeant R G Gumbley: killed; Halifax W1105, 35 Squadron, aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Bremen, Germany, 26 June 1942. With photographs.
It is recommended that you search on surname only and then scroll through to find the correct entry.
The records contain one or more pages for each officer. To access the 2nd, 3rd, 4th pages etc of the record, increment the url shown at the top of the first page by 1 to get the second page, and continue this process until you reach the end of the record
Bomber pilots were required to fly their aircraft “straight and level” after the bombs had been dropped to enable the onboard camera to take a sequence of pictures which could be analysed to establish the accuracy of the bombing.
The following example is from September 1944:
[Courtesy of Graham Briggs]
Source / Availability
No. 35 Squadron’s target photos do not appear to be held in an official central repository; those that I have obtained have been kindly provided by individuals.