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"
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
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 disbandment
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
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
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.
The very last Reunion
marking the Golden Anniversary of the
was held in the
Joint Forces Command (RAF) Wyton on
29th October 2016
Ex Squadron Boss, AVM Willie Rae presided, the youngest member on
Squadron in 1966, Ian Gawn, took on the role of Mr Vice. Over 70 members
together with several other ex-Squadron bosses: Mike Maddox, Ron Saunders
Sunday 30th October 7 Squadron Line Books, pictures and a number of other artefacts
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
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THE SQUADRON BADGE
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
of the badge
to the RAF Club early
To contact the organiser
DINNER TOP TABLE
Mike Maddox, Martin Palmer,
Wg Cdr Phil Owen (Stn Cdr), Willie Rae,
HERITAGE CENTRE PRESENTATIONS
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.
(toast to the ladies)