360 [RN/RAF] SQUADRON
site was suggested at the 10th Anniversary of Disbandment Reunion Dinner held at the Officers' Mess, RAF Wyton,
on 16th October 2004. The domain is currently hosted on a site managed from Watton, the original
birthplace of the Squadron.
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|The Squadron was
born from the marriage of 831 Naval Air Squadron (Gannets) and No 97
Squadron Royal Air Force (Canberras) at RAF Watton
on 1st April 1966. At that time, the unit was initially known as the
Joint Electronic Warfare Trials and
Training Force. The official designation, No 360
an unused squadron number with no
'associations', was declared on 23 September 1966.
To appease the Admiralty and recognise that the Squadron's personnel -
air and ground crews - were drawn from both the
Air Force and the Navy, the Squadron was referred to as No 360 [RN/RAF]
Squadron in most communications.
Initially, the Squadron flew
a number of Canberra types: B2s, T4s (for pilot training) and a B6;
the first Canberra T17 was delivered just before Christmas 1966.
In October 1966 a sister Squadron, attributed with the designation
No 361 Squadron, was proposed for deployment
Far East. However, following
the Defence Review of early 1967 it became redundant before birth.
Stillborn, 361 [RN/RAF] Squadron was never officially recognised but tankards were produced
for the 20 officers already 'earmarked' for the unit. These were inscribed with
the member's name, No 361 [RN/RAF] Squadron, and the motto:
"We formed, They fumbled, It failed"
The Canberra T17
| In April 1969 RAF Watton was
designated for closure and No 360 [RN/RAF] Squadron relocated to RAF Cottesmore
official squadron badge was awarded in 1973; the Trident thereon
represents the Royal Navy involvement,
whilst the moth, a Melese
Laodamia, depicts the unique role of the Squadron in that this
particular moth avoids
predatory bats by jamming their prey-finding
In 1975, to make way for the Tornado, the Squadron relocated to RAF Wyton, where it remained until being disbanded
However, in 1991,
the Squadron had achieved 25 years of Service, and was justly and
proudly entitled to a
which was duly presented.
No 360 Squadron has several unique aspects: a joint service flying unit, its role, its number had not been
previously issued, and it is the only squadron to have been formed,
awarded a Standard, and disbanded during Her Majesty's reign.
The aircraft shown
in both pictures above is WD 955 (Echo
a Mk B2 built in November 1951 and converted to a Mk T17 in January 1968.
The first picture is in standard livery as a Mk T17; the second shows the same
one of only six to be further modified
with new Electronic Counter Measures equipment - designated the Mk T17A.
This also shows the tail fin with a special colour scheme
denote not only the 25th birthday of the youngest
RAF Squadron but also the special place of
WD955 as the oldest operational aircraft in RAF service at the time.
A reunion dinner was held at the Officers' Mess, RAF
Wyton, on 16th October 2004 to
mark the 10th
Anniversary of the Squadron's disbandment.
Some 30 members accompanied by 15 partners
and every era of the Squadron,
from inception in 1966 to
disbandment in 1994, was represented.
Except for 2005, reunion dinners have taken place at Wyton every year since.
43 members, partners & Guests attended the 2015 reunion
held in the Officers' Mess,
Joint Forces Command (RAF) Wyton, on
The very last Reunion
To mark the Golden
Anniversary Year of the formation of [[and a twinkle for
its stillborn sister - No 361 (RN/RAF) Squadron]
No 360 (RN/RAF) Squadron
is confirmed for
2016 at the
Officers' Mess, Joint Forces Command (RAF) Wyton.
subject to Service exigencies]
It is also planned to have a short service
in the station chapel and a celebratory luncheon
Officer's Mess on Sunday 30th October, with a presentation of the
Squadron Line Books and any other suitable records or artefacts to establish a
Squadron presence in the RAF Wyton Heritage Centre. The Centre, originally
set up to honour the Pathfinder Force, is expanding to encompass all units
having served at the station. There is a dearth of information and history
360 [RN/RAF] Squadron on the station, thus anyone is invited to offer any
records or memorabilia that may be suitable for the Centre.
Heritage Offers Form click here
Will there be a
cake like this one?
YES, hopefully - we have a volunteer!
And another thing!
The official badge of nearly every RAF Squadron
is displayed in the splendid setting of
the RAF Club, Piccadilly (see
A noticeable absence is the badge of 360 Squadron, we think that
should be rectified!
Heraldry is controlled by the College of Arms, and a framed copy of the
badge costs £600;
so if enough of us are prepared to fund the purchase, we have a member who
is happy to arrange it.
It has been suggested that those wishing to contribute email (
) stating an upper limit -
say £20, £30 etc £10 steps. Provided that enough
would be raised to cover the £600, every contributor would then pay the
same amount, regardless of their stated maximum.
For instance, if 30 people agreed a maximum of £30 or more, they would
then pay £20 each.
We already know that promises to date
indicate an amount of that order per contributor.
Following successful funding and agreements, it is intended that all
contributors would be invited
to the RAF Club
for the official presentation (and enjoy a drink and
perhaps a meal after).
Please contact the organiser by clicking
(toast to the ladies)
SQUADRON ARCHIVE MATERIAL
Three large photo albums and 2 cartoon- style
line books were 'found' and were brought to the 2010 reunion;
a further photo album and the original '68-'71 cartoon-style line book
were delivered to the 2011 reunion.
They appear to be in fair condition and mainly complete though some
photos are missing.
They are in safekeeping with the Editor/Webmaster. To view list and see
As stated above, it is hoped to present these
books to the RAF Wyton Heritage Centre following the Golden Anniversary of
The following pictures belong,
or have been submitted, to the Editor/Webmaster
The Silver T17 presented to the
Squadron by Sylvania -
currently in the Officer's Mess, RAF Wyton, collection.
Air and ground personnel of 361 Sqn at RAF Watton.
The picture was taken in 1967 at some time before the squadron became the one
that never was.
At centre is the Boss, Sqn Ldr Ron Dubock.
Photo courtesy Bryn Sheridan.
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A Cyprus Detachment 1969 - Thanks to Eric Pigdon (66-69)
The web editor is front row, 2nd from right!
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These 2 pictures supplied by Ed
Hughes show the Squadron in 1973, and a crew all with the surname Hughes!!!
Ed is on the
(Name the Squadron Commander, and what are
the first names of the other two Hughes?)
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photos below were taken during the 25th Canberra reunion celebrations at
RAF Cottesmore in 1974, as supplied by Ray Hansford.
Canberra T17 WJ977 with wingtip chaff dispenser pods prior to a double
exercise on 25 July 1978.
Post flight: the crew holding philatelic covers flown on the sorties to
35th anniversary of the first operational use of window (chaff). More
about this, and the 1973 Award of Badge
flown cover in the RAF MUSEUM series please Click
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
More nostalgia! A
separate page lists the whereabouts of the few remaining Canberra 17 aircraft.
Only 2 appear to be complete, the rest are mainly cockpit/nose sections.
There are also listings for all the T17s produced and also the upgraded T17As.
To update information held by the
Association or to add your details to our database send e-mail
Please include period(s) served on the Squadron; ideally use this Proforma.
Communication will normally be by e-mail unless it is not available.
The 360Sqn Groundcrew website is
www.360sqn.co.uk (it has not been updated since
2011 but currently shows a new website is coming)
We will be pleased
to include material & pictures (jpeg, preferably full size and not reprocessed).
Items for inclusion on the site may be sent to
Requests for contact or other information about members will be passed
on to those who may know!
Watton Town Council for copies of the original Squadron Crest and Canberra
prints, as displayed in the Council Offices.
Watton Rotary Club and the Watton & Wayland
Centre for co-sponsoring web costs,
and Julian Horn (Wartime Watton historian) for previous website hosting facilities and continued
The Association of Old Crows for
listing us on their website
the Marcus Herbote (Spotting Group Gutersloh):
Thanks also to the late Les Bywaters for the link on the website:
TRIBUTE TO THE ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA