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No 607 (County of Durham) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Formed at Usworth on 17 March 1930 as part of the Auxiliary Air Force.  It was manned by part time Auxiliary Air Force personnel assisted by a small permanent staff.  Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Avro 504N

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice Wiblin 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Morgan Griffiths  6 May 1930  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Maurice Wiblin 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Morgan Griffiths  6 May 1930  

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Maurice Wiblin 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off George O St J Morris  5 Jan 1932  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti (from Dec 1932) Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Wapiti IIA

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Maurice Wiblin 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off George O St J Morris  5 Jan 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Eric G Moore  2 May 1933  
Warrant Officer
WO II Ernest A Rabbits  5Oct 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Percy MacG Watt 10 Dec 1933  
Fg Off

Noel C Singer

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Plt Off James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Plt Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Stores Branch
Fg Off George J Gaynor  9 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Ernest A Rabbits  5Oct 1932  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Usworth ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Noel C Singer

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Douglas M Lynch-Staunton 25 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Fg Off James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Plt Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Stephen W Kaye  1 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Theodore R T Carr-Ellison 11 Jun 1934  
Plt Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Douglas Redington 19 Nov 1934  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Mervyn R Preece 31Jan 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Ernest A Rabbits  5Oct 1932  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Usworth ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Noel C Singer

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J S Bartlett  4 May 1936  
Fg Off Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Fg Off James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Stephen W Kaye  1 Jun 1934  
Fg Off Theodore R T Carr-Ellison 11 Jun 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off George C White 29 May 1935  
Fg Off Douglas Redington 19 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Thomas T Richardson  4 Jun 1935  
Plt Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Mervyn R Preece 31Jan 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon (from Sep 1936) Usworth Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Hawker Demon

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt G A L Manton 17 Jul 1936  
Flt Lt Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Fg Off J S Bartlett  4 May 1936  
Fg Off James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Stephen W Kaye  1 Jun 1934  
Fg Off Theodore R T Carr-Ellison 11 Jun 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off George C White 29 May 1935 Admin duties
Fg Off Douglas Redington 19 Nov 1934  
Plt Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Plt Off G R A Wilson 23 May 1935  
Plt Off W F Blackadder 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off H P Dixon  1 Jun 1936  
Plt Off R E W Pumphrey 20 Dec 1936  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off J W D Wardale 29 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon Usworth Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr The Hon Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt W H N Turner 24 Jul 1937  
Flt Lt T G L Gale 19 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Flt Lt James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt George C White 29 May 1935 Admin duties
Fg Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Stephen W Kaye  1 Jun 1934  
Fg Off Theodore R T Carr-Ellison 11 Jun 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off J R Hawkes 21 Oct 1937  
Fg Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Fg Off W F Blackadder 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off H P Dixon  1 Jun 1936  
Plt Off R E W Pumphrey 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G D Craig 28 May 1937  
Plt Off A O Glover  4 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M H B Thompson 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H R Whitty  7 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Killick 23 Apr 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt W A M Hanson 20 Dec 1937 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off J W D Wardale 29 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon

Gloster Gladiator I (from Dec 1938)

Usworth Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Gladiator I of No 607 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr The Hon Walter  L Runciman 13 Jun 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt W H N Turner 24 Jul 1937  
Flt Lt T G L Gale 19 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933  
Flt Lt James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt George C White 29 May 1935 Admin duties
Fg Off Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off J R Hawkes 21 Oct 1937  
Fg Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Fg Off W F Blackadder 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off R E W Pumphrey 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off H P Dixon  1 Jun 1936  
Plt Off G D Craig 28 May 1937  
Plt Off A O Glover  4 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M H B Thompson 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H R Whitty  7 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Killick 23 Apr 1938  
Plt Off A D Forster 31 May 1938  
Plt Off H P J Radcliffe 11 Jul 1938  
Plt Off W Barnes  2 Aug 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt W A M Hanson 20 Dec 1937 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off J W D Wardale 29 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon

Gloster Gladiator I

Usworth Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt T G L Gale 19 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt George C White 29 May 1935 Admin duties
Flt Lt John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off J R Hawkes 21 Oct 1937  
Fg Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Fg Off W F Blackadder 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off R E W Pumphrey 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G D Craig 28 May 1937  
Plt Off H P Dixon  1 Jun 1936  
Plt Off A O Glover  4 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M H B Thompson 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H R Whitty  7 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Killick 23 Apr 1938  
Plt Off A D Forster 31 May 1938  
Plt Off H P J Radcliffe 11 Jul 1938  
Plt Off W Barnes  2 Aug 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt W A M Hanson 20 Dec 1937 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off J W D Wardale 29 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO G Pearce 14 Dec 1938  
WO R H Gommo 27 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon (until Aug 1939)

Gloster Gladiator I

Usworth Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Most Hon The Marquess of Londonderry 13 Jun 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, MVO
Sqn Ldr Launcelot E Smith  3 Jul 1933 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr T G L Gale 19 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt Joseph R Kayll  9 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt James A Vick  4 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt George C White 29 May 1935 Admin duties
Flt Lt John Sample 27 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Maurice M Irving 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off William E Gore 18 Jun 1934  
Fg Off J R Hawkes 21 Oct 1937  
Fg Off J M Bazin   9 Dec 1935  
Fg Off W F Blackadder 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off R E W Pumphrey 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G D Craig 28 May 1937  
Fg Off A O Glover  4 Jul 1937  
Plt Off W B H Griffith 27 Mar 1939  
Plt Off H P Dixon  1 Jun 1936  
Plt Off M H B Thompson 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H R Whitty  7 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Killick 23 Apr 1938  
Plt Off A D Forster 31 May 1938  
Plt Off H P J Radcliffe 11 Jul 1938  
Plt Off W Barnes  2 Aug 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt W A M Hanson 20 Dec 1937 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off J W D Wardale 29 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off David A Smith  2 Jun 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO R H Gommo 27 Feb 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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