[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.

(Further updates to be added during November 2016)



 A Short History

Reunion Dinners

Archive & Photo Album

Where Are They Now?

Acknowledgements & Contacts

+ Several linked pages

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 Squadron RAF,
 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
  to the 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" 1967                              See picture in Photo gallery below.

The Canberra T17


In April 1969 RAF Watton was designated for closure and No 360 [RN/RAF] Squadron relocated to RAF Cottesmore
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 relocated to RAF Wyton, where it remained until disbandment 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 in both pictures 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 Electronic Counter Measures equipment - 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.

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 Wyton every year since.

The very last Reunion Dinner 2016
marking the Golden Anniversary of the Squadron's birth
was held in the
Officers' Mess, Joint Forces Command (RAF) Wyton on
29th October 2016
Ex Squadron Boss, AVM Willie Rae presided, the youngest member on joining the
Squadron in 1966, Ian Gawn, took on the role of Mr Vice. Over 70 members and partners
together with several other ex-Squadron bosses: Mike Maddox, Ron Saunders & Cliff Thomas.

n Sunday 30th October 7 Squadron Line Books, pictures and a number of other artefacts & memorabilia
were presented to Jim Blackwood, the curator of the RAF Wyton Heritage Centre.
 This was followed by a commemorative service in St Georges Chapel nearby, lunch in the officer's mess,
 and a longer visit to the Heritage Centre for those who wished.
Heritage Offers Form click here

Next time? It is not intended to hold any further 'formal' reunions - No doubt some may wish to organise informal gatherings
These page may be used to advise and invite members
(click for webmaster)

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, this is being rectified!
Heraldry is controlled by the College of Arms, and a framed copy of the badge costs 600.
Following an appeal, over 30 members have contributed
and the project is now going ahead.
There will be an official presentation of the badge to the RAF Club early in 2017.
  To contact the organiser
 Click Here

Reunion Pictures


Mike Maddox,      Martin Palmer,       Ron Saunders,                 Wg Cdr Phil Owen (Stn Cdr), Willie Rae,         Cliff Thomas,                     Malcolm Young


Heritage Centre Curator, Jim Blackwood, receives pictures from Les Stephens and a Squadron "Flown Covers" display from Martin Anscombe
with members in attendance including (front l to r) Paul Southon, Dick de Verteiul, Eric Pigdon & Roger Hannaford.

 Martin Palmer (Air Cdr Retd) presided (1st pic).
 He was the Squadron's first
JEngO at Watton, and then WingCoEng at Wyton.




 Ron Saunders                                                         Martin Palmer                        Stan Downer                           Dickie Doe

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

Earlier Years


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 now held by
RAF Wyton Heritage Centre (click for website and visit arrangements).
For a list of the line books and to view excerpts

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The Silver T17 presented to the Squadron by Sylvania              The 10th Birthday Cake                      Officers Commanding Board   
       (RAF Wyton, Officer's Mess silver collection)                        (Presumably eaten!)                      (RAF Wyton Heritage Centre)

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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. Web editor is 2nd row up, 3rd from right. (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.

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The 2 unusual photos below were taken during the 25th Canberra reunion celebrations at
 RAF Cottesmore in 1974, as supplied by Ray Hansford

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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). For more about this, the 1973 Award of Badge
  flown cover in the RAF MUSEUM series and the disbandment flown FDC please Click here.

 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 the upgraded T17As.

Click Here

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 (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 The Editor

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 Visitor Centre for co-sponsoring web costs,
 and Julian Horn (Wartime Watton historian) for previous website hosting facilities and continued technical support.

The Association of Old Crows for listing us on their website


To the Marcus Herbote (Spotting Group Gutersloh):


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