Gloster Gladiator in 607 RAF Squadron service

607 Squadron
Usworth, December 1938 to October 1939. Acklington, October 1939 to November 1939. Croydon, November 1939. France, December 1939 to March 1940.
Code letters: "LW", changed to "AF" in September 1939.
Serials Code Arrival Note Departure
K6137 AF-Z 21/07/39 From 72 Sq. 07/02/40 Engine cut after take-off; overshot forced landing into hedge near St. Inglevert; F/O Craig unhurt. Wreck to 2 ASP and SOC.
K6147 AF-E 30/12/38 From 25 Sq.   16/03/40 To 2 ASP
29/04/40 To 21 Aircraft Depot
16/05/40 To 4 MU
25/08/40 To 8 MU
15/09/40 Dispersed to Watchfield.
11/10/40 To 8 MU
20/02/41 To 52 MU
27/03/41 To Middle East.
19/06/41 To 107 MU
To 261 Sq.
K6149   05/01/39 From 25 Sq. 26/02/39 Engine cut and tyre burst in forced landing at Shildon, Co. Durham.
Aircraft repaired and returned to the Squadron.
03/05/40 To 1 Repair and Servicing Unit.
09/05/40 To 8 MU.
30/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7898 AF-R 21/07/39 From 72 Sq. 31/03/40 18:50 Force landed near Vitry-en-Artois with engine seized. Aircraft repairable; F/O W. E. Gore unhurt. 03/05/40 To 1 RSU.
09/05/40 To 9 MU.
19/06/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7931   30/11/39 From 603 Sq.   No further trace.
K7965   From 263 Sq.
04/11/39 To 27 MU.
15/11/39 To 24 MU.
15/03/40 To 607 Sq.
  02/05/40 To 1 RSU.
11/05/40 To 24 MU.
10/06/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7967 AF-L 12/12/38 From 87 Sq. 26/03/40 Lost bearing in bad weather and overturned in forced landing at Athies, near Mons-en-Chaussée; F/O Craig unhurt. 28/03/40 Wreck to 2 ASP and SOC.
K7980   12/12/38 From 87 Sq.   30/11/39 At Usworth Station Flight.
K7982   10/01/39 From 25 Sq.   02/05/40 To 1 RSU.
07/05/40 To 8 MU.
12/06/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7983 AF-D 30/12/39 From 25 Sq.   02/05/40 To 1 RSU.
07/05/40 To 8 MU.
17/06/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7988 AF-H 12/01/39 From 25 Sq.   05/05/40 To 6 MU.
25/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7989 AF-G 12/01/39 From 25 Sq.   05/05/40 To 6 MU.
25/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7992 AF-W 05/01/39 From 25 Sq. 02/09/39 Flew into ground in black-out. Undercarriage collapsed in forced landing at Usworth.
ROS.
30/11/39 At Usworth Station Flight.
K7995 AF-O 05/01/39 From 25 Sq. 17/10/39 12:45 Scramble 1 Do18 shared destroyed; F/L Sample. 05/05/40 To 6 MU.
25/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7996   10/01/39 From 25 Sq. 26/03/40 Night flying practice. Abandoned near Courcelles-les-Lens when unable to land due to fog; P/O Whitty baled out unhurt. Wreck to 2 ASP.
28/03/40 SOC.
K7997   13/02/39 From 25 Sq. 29/10/39 Stalled and spun into ground 5m W of Acklington; F/O Alan Otho Glover KIFA.  
K7998 AF-B 13/02/39 Wreck from 25 Sq.   Totally 238.25 hrs.
K7999   05/01/39 From 25 Sq.   03/05/40 To 1 RSU.
11/05/40 To 24 MU.
28/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K8000 AF-F 02/01/39 From 65 Sq. 23/03/40 10:55 Training flight over Vitry-en-Artois. Crashed following mid-air collision with K8030; P/O Harry Peter Joseph Radcliffe (RAF no. 90293) KIFA. 25/03/40 Wreck to 2 ASP.
31/03/40 SOC.
K8020   30/12/38 From 25 Sq. 13/04/39 Skidded on landing into hedge at Usworth.
ROS.
30/11/39 At Usworth Station Flight.
K8026 AF-L 13/02/39 From 87 Sq. 17/10/39 12:40- Scramble 1 Do18 shared destroyed; P/O Whitty. 05/05/40 To 6 MU.
30/07/40 To 13 Group Communication Flight.
K8027   03/01/39 From 87 Sq.   30/11/39 At Usworth Station Flight.
K8030 AF-B 30/12/38 From 25 Sq. 08/01/39 1 flight by F/O Craig.
23/03/40 10:55 Training flight over Vitry-en-Artois. Crashed following mid-air collision with K8000; F/O Nigel Stuart Graeme (RAF no. 90254) KIFA.
25/03/40 Wreck to 2 ASP.
31/03/40 SOC.
?     15/12/39 Ran into a dugout on landing at Douai and damaged propeller. Aircraft repairable; F/O Irving unhurt.  
?     05/01/40 Affiliation exercise with Lysanders. Tailwheel broken in landing at Mons-en-Chaussée. Aircraft repairable; F/O Craig unhurt.
Two other squadron aircraft were similarly damaged during these exercises at Péronne.
 

Gloster Gladiator in Commonwealth squadron service






Last modified 29 October 2009