No 360 [RN/RAF] SQUADRON 
[Aircrew Association]

 

This 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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INDEX
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 A Short History

Announcements

Acknowledgements

Reunion Dinners

Archive & Photo Album

Where Are They Now?

Contacts
 

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. On formation it was known as the Joint Electronic Warfare Trials and Training Force 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.
It is noteworthy that in October 1966 a sister Squadron (designated No 361) was proposed for deployment to the
 Far East. However, following the Defence Review of early 1967,  it became redundant before birth - it 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".
Click here - it's true!

The Canberra T17

No 360 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 'radar' system.
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
 Squadron Standard , 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
 January 1968. 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 to 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.

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REUNIONS
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 attended,
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 RAF Wyton every year since.

46 Members and Partners attended the
2013 reunion at
 JFC (was RAF) Wyton
on Saturday 26th October, Ron Saunders (OC 1977-79
) Presided

Reunion Pictures

Earlier Years
         
      
     
2012
  
                                                                         A Table                                                           Cliff  Thomas addresses the company
2013
 

 Ron Saunders                                                         Martin Palmer                        Stan Downer                           Dickie Doe

    
Eric Pigdon                                                                  Roger Hannaford             Alex Wedderburn
                                                                                                                             (toast to the ladies)

 Reunion Dinner 2014

It will be 20 years since disbandment of the Squadron - a good reason to attend!

 Planning for Saturday 18th October 2014 at the
Officers' Mess, Joint Forces Command Wyton.
Subject to confirmation
[note: 25th not available]

Enquiries click here

The Squadron's 50th birthday occurs in 2016, will there be still be
 enough of us for a reunion? Will there be a cake like this on?

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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 excerpts
CLICK HERE
A potential home for these historic items could be the Heritage Centre at JSC Wyton, which houses The Pathfinder Collection.
The possibility is being explored.

PHOTO ALBUM

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 left.

(Name the Squadron Commander, and what are the first names of the other two Hughes?)

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The unusual pair of 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 commemorate the
 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 here.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW
 More nostalgia! A new page has been added listing 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.

Click Here

CONTACTS
To update information held by the Association or to add your details to our database send e-mail HERE
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 [No further info since 2011]

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 Editor/Webmaster

Requests for contact or other information about members will be passed on to those who may know!

Acknowledgements

Watton Town Council for use of the original Crest and Canberra prints, as displayed in the Council Chamber.

Julian Horn for site hosting facilities.

The Association of Old Crows for listing us on their website  http://www.ukaoc.org

 

Thanks also to the late Les Bywaters for the link on his website

TRIBUTE TO THE ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA
http://www.bywat.co.uk

 

For another interesting site, including a 360 Squadron page with a lot of pics, try

www.canberracrazy.co.uk [Note: Currently suspended]

 

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