Many thanks to Noel Rawbone Lt RN (Ret'd) for supplying the C Squadron crest shown above; Noel is a former Buccaneer Observer who served on 736, 800 (twice, Mk1 & 2) and C Squadron from 1961 to 1969 and moved to New Zealand on retirement. I am still looking for a history of C squadron and I would be very grateful if someone could supply this!
Trevor Spafford (Cdr Ret'd) has supplied details of the first Hot Weather Trials carried out with the Mk1 Buccaneer in 1961 at RAF Tengah, the Observer was Tony Walsh; the aircraft was transported by ship to Singapore. In 1965 Trevor Spafford returned to the UK to resume R & D test flying at RAE Bedford. He carried out most of the catapult trials of the Mk2 Buccaneer (On Bedford's raised catapult) and the deck trials aboard HMS Hermes in 1967 in co-operation with C Squadron.
Terry Stow ex C Squadron maintainer has generously supplied information and several photos taken on board the USS Lexington in 1965 during the Tropical Trials of the Mk2 Buccaneer. The Aircraft operated out of NAS Pensacola, Florida http://militarybases.com/florida/pensacola/ after flying there from the UK. The two trials aircraft XN974 & XN976 flew to Pensacola via Keflavik, Goose Bay, and Patuxent River (Maryland), the aircrew were Lt Cdr E.N. Palmer & Lt E. Proctor, Lt J.D. Eagles & Lt C.A. Chase. Both aircraft arrived at Pensacola on July 23rd 1965 fully serviceable. Buccaneer XN974 also achieved a record on its return flight from Goose Bay to Lossiemouth by becoming the first Fleet Air Arm aircraft to fly the transatlantic route non-stop without refuelling.
|View Film of the Buccaneer Mk2 Hot Weather Trials aboard the USS Lexington during 1965 in the Gulf of Mexico, the film was taken in 8mm so it has its limitations. Film kindly supplied by Terry Stow.|
Page last updated 24 April 2016 (Recent additions highlighted)
|Cdr||C. E.||Price||RN||1958 - 1960|
|Cdr||R. M. 'Mike'||Crosley||RN||1960 - 1963|
|Cdr||G. R.||Higgs||RN||1963 - 1966|
|Cdr||N. T. 'Nick'||Bennett||RN||1966 - 1968|
|Cdr||F. 'Fred'||Hefford||RN||1968 - 1971|
|Surname||First Name||Unit||Other Details||Rank||Start||End|
|Palmer||E.N.||C Sqdn||Lt Cdr|
|Spafford||Trevor||C Sqdn||MTP||Lt Cdr||1961||1961||Yes|
|RAE Bedford||MTP||Lt Cdr||1965||1967|
|Taylor||J.A.||C Sqdn||Lt Cdr|
|C Sqdn Personnel|
|Castle||Rodney||Rod or Roy||NAM(AE)||1962||1964||Yes|
|RAE West Freugh Personnel|