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 known as the Joint Electronic Warfare Trials and
before being given its official designation of No 360
[RN/RAF] Squadron on 23 September 1966.
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.
noteworthy that in October 1966 a sister Squadron (designated No 361)
was proposed for deployment to the
the Defence Review of early 1967, it became redundant before birth.
Stillborn, 361RN/RAF Squadron was never officially recognised
but tankards were produced inscribed with
the member's name No 361 (RN/RAF) Sqn and the motto:
"We formed, They fumbled, It failed".
The Canberra T17
|No 360 (RN/RAF) Squadron,
however, went from strength to strength, and when RAF Watton was
designated for closure, it moved to RAF Cottesmore in April 1969. The
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 moved again, to RAF
Wyton where it remained until being disbanded
in 1994. 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
above is WD 955 (Echo
Mike), a Mk B2 built in November 1951 and converted to a Mk T17 in
The first picture is in standard livery as a Mk T17; the second shows the same
aircraft, one of only six
to be further modified
with new ECM equipment and being
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
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 also 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 Planned for
2016 at the
Officers' Mess, Joint Forces Command (RAF) Wyton.
NB This date
has been confirmed (as always,
subject to Service exigencies)
Will there be a
cake like this one?
YES, hopefully - we have a volunteer!
(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
A possible repository is the City of Norwich Aviation
Museum, which has the cockpit section of T17 WJ633
and is the closest facility to the Squadron's RAF Watton birthplace.
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)
The Editor will be pleased
to include material & pictures (jpeg, preferably full size and not reprocessed).
Items for inclusion on the site may be sent to the
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 Watton & Wayland
Centre for co-sponsoring web costs,
and Julian Horn 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