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. 03/01/40 09:30-09:50 Patrol. Operating from Vitry; F/O Gore.
12/01/40 09:30-10:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Pumphrey.
13/01/40 11:30-11:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). “Alerte” over Calais. Investigating; F/O Hawkes.
13/01/40 14:30-16:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; S/L Smith.
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. 03/03/40 16:25-17:15 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet. Investigating unidentified aircraft; P/O Forster.
04/03/40 06:35-07:45 Patrol Arras – Douai 20,000 feet; F/O Irving.
07/03/40 07:00-08:15 Patrol Douai – Arras below cloud base; F/O Gore.
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.
03/03/40 15:05-16:05 Patrol Douai – Lille area, 25,000 feet; F/O Thompson.
12/03/40 06:35-07:40 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Thompson.
18/03/40 11:30-13:05 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; F/O Thompson.
20/03/40 18:25-16:30 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Thompson.
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. 12/01/40 14:55-16:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
13/01/40 12:50-14:35 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Dixon.
14/01/40 12:30-13:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
15/01/40 08:00-08:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Thompson.
16/01/40 13:30-14:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
18/01/40 15:45-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
04/03/40 06:35-07:45 Patrol Arras – Douai 20,000 feet; F/L Kayll.
04/03/40 18:10-18:30 Patrol Vitry 15,000 feet; F/L Kayll.
11/03/40 16:25-18:15 Patrol Arras – Bapaume 15,000 feet; F/L Kayll.
17/03/40 06:50-08:30 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O W. E. Gore.
18/03/40 10:50-11:45 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; F/O Plinston.
18/03/40 16:25-17:45 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O W. E. Gore.
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. 13/01/40 10:55-11:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Suspect enemy aircraft; F/O Stewart.
14/01/40 12:30-13:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Bazin.
03/03/40 15:05-15:30 Patrol Douai – Lille area, 25,000 feet; F/O Bazin.
04/03/40 07:50-09:40 Patrol Lens – Cambrai 20,000 feet; F/L Sample.
04/03/40 16:35-17:05 Patrol Vitry 15,000 feet; F/O Bazin.
08/03/40 06:45-08:20 Patrol Arras – Albert 15,000 feet; F/O Craig.
08/03/40 10:45-12:00 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; F/O Craig.
08/03/40 15:55-17:25 Patrol Douai – Arras 20,000 feet; F/L Sample.
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. 11/01/40 14:50-16:10 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Stewart.
04/03/40 07:50-09:40 Patrol Lens – Cambrai 20,000 feet; F/O Craig.
16/03/40 06:45-08:00 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Craig.
22/03/40 04:50-06:25 Patrol Douai 5,000 feet; F/O Craig.
22/03/40 10:10-11:10 Patrol Vitry 8,000 feet; F/O Bowen.
22/03/40 16:25-17:30 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; F/O Craig.
26/03/40 Lost bearing in bad weather and overturned in forced landing at Athies, near Mons-en-Chaussιe; 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. 05/01/40 10:05-10:30 Patrol. Operating from Vitry; F/O Humpherson.
11/01/40 14:50-16:10 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/L Fiddler.
12/01/40 12:30-14:15 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/L Fiddler.
13/01/40 10:55-11:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Suspect enemy aircraft; P/O Whitty.
14/01/40 11:40-13:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; P/O Whitty.
20/01/40 07:25-08:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; P/O Whitty.
28/01/40 12:30-13:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; P/O Whitty.
12/03/40 07:35-08:05 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Whitty.
12/03/40 12:40-13:00 Patrol Vitry below cloud base; F/O Craig.
16/03/40 12:20-13:20 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Humpherson.
22/03/40 10:10-11:10 Patrol Vitry 8,000 feet; F/O Humpherson.
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. 12/01/40 12:05-12:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Investigating unidentified aircraft; S/L Smith.
13/01/40 14:30-16:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Thompson.
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. 12/01/40 09:30-10:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; P/O Dixon.
12/01/40 12:45-13:10 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Investigating unidentified aircraft; P/O Dixon.
13/01/40 14:30-16:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Hawkes.
15/01/40 12:15-14:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Dixon.
18/01/40 15:45-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Stewart.
28/01/40 12:15-13:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Blackadder.
04/03/40 15:10-16:30 Patrol Albert – Arras. 1 aircraft 15,000 feet, 1 aircraft 20,000 feet and 1 aircraft 25,000 feet; P/O Forster.
07/03/40 07:00-08:15 Patrol Douai – Arras below cloud base; P/O Parrott.
12/03/40 08:25-09:50 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O H. P. J. Radcliffe.
12/03/40 11:35-12:45 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Forster.
20/03/40 09:30-10:35 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Forster.
22/03/40 04:55-06:40 Patrol Denam 5,000 feet; P/O Forster.
22/03/40 08:55-09:45 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; P/O H. P. J. Radcliffe.
05/05/40 To 6 MU.
25/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7989 AF-G 12/01/39 From 25 Sq. 11/01/40 10:35-12:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Hawkes.
12/01/40 09:30-10:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; S/L Smith.
12/01/40 14:55-16:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Thompson.
13/01/40 12:50-14:35 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Pumphrey.
15/01/40 15:40-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Pumphrey.
16/01/40 13:30-14:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Pumphrey.
18/01/40 15:45-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Hawkes.
03/03/40 16:25-17:15 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet. Investigating unidentified aircraft; F/O Pumphrey.
04/03/40 06:35-07:45 Patrol Arras – Douai 20,000 feet; F/O Pumphrey.
04/03/40 15:10-16:30 Patrol Albert – Arras. 1 aircraft 15,000 feet, 1 aircraft 20,000 feet and 1 aircraft 25,000 feet; F/O Pumphrey.
04/03/40 18:10-18:30 Patrol Vitry 15,000 feet; F/O Pumphrey.
07/03/40 07:00-08:15 Patrol Douai – Arras below cloud base; F/O Dixon.
11/03/40 14:20-15:55 Patrol Arras – Bapaume 15,000 feet; F/O Gore.
12/03/40 09:30-10:35 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Dixon.
15/03/40 09:05-10:20 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Parrott.
16/03/40 04:55-06:45 Patrol Douai 10,000 feet; F/O Gore.
16/03/40 08:35-09:35 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Pumphrey.
21/03/40 06:20-06:50 Patrol Denam 3,000 feet; S/L Smith.
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.
05/01/40 10:05-10:30 Patrol. Operating from Vitry; F/L Sample.
11/01/40 14:50-16:10 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/L Sample.
12/01/40 12:30-14:15 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/L Sample.
13/01/40 10:55-11:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Suspect enemy aircraft; F/L Sample.
14/01/40 11:40-13:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/L Sample.
15/01/40 08:00-08:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Bazin.
18/01/40 14:45-15:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Bazin.
28/01/40 12:30-13:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Bazin.
04/03/40 15:10-16:30 Patrol Albert – Arras. 1 aircraft 15,000 feet, 1 aircraft 20,000 feet and 1 aircraft 25,000 feet; F/L Kayll.
08/03/40 06:45-08:20 Patrol Arras – Albert 15,000 feet; F/L Sample.
08/03/40 10:45-12:20 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; F/L Sample.
16/03/40 05:15-07:05 Patrol Denam 10,000 feet; F/L Sample.
18/03/40 15:35-16:50 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/L Sample.
21/03/40 05:00-06:40 Patrol Douai 3,000 feet; F/L Sample.
22/03/40 09:20-10:30 Patrol Vitry 15,000 feet; F/L Sample.
05/05/40 To 6 MU.
25/05/40 To Gosport Station Flight.
K7996   10/01/39 From 25 Sq. 12/03/40 10:35-11:05 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O N. S. Graeme.
18/03/40 18:30-19:00 Patrol Vitry Below cloud base; P/O Whitty.
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. 03/03/40 15:05-16:05 Patrol Douai – Lille area, 25,000 feet; F/O Bowen.
04/03/40 07:50-09:40 Patrol Lens – Cambrai 20,000 feet; F/O Bowen.
08/03/40 06:45-08:20 Patrol Arras – Albert 15,000 feet; P/O Whitty.
08/03/40 10:45-12:20 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; P/O Whitty.
18/03/40 12:25-13:35 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; F/O Hawkes.
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. 12/01/40 09:45-11:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). investigating unidentified aircraft; F/O Blackadder.
12/01/40 14:55-16:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; P/O Whitty.
13/01/40 11:30-11:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Suspect enemy aircraft; F/O Thompson.
13/01/40 12:50-14:35 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Blackadder.
15/01/40 12:15-14:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Blackadder.
16/01/40 13:30-14:45 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Blackadder.
18/01/40 14:45-15:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; P/O Whitty.
20/01/40 07:50-08:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; S/L Smith.
03/03/40 16:25-17:15 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet. Investigating unidentified aircraft; F/O Blackadder.
16/03/40 11:30-12:30 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Blackadder.
18/03/40 09:35-10:30 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; F/O Blackadder.
20/03/40 05:25-06:55 Patrol Douai 3,000 feet; F/O Blackadder.
22/03/40 08:55-09:45 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; F/O Blackadder.
24/03/40 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.
16/03/40 10:25-11:55 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Whitty.
22/03/40 10:10-11:10 Patrol Vitry 8,000 feet; F/O Hawkes.
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.
11/01/40 10:35-12:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Thompson.
14/01/40 11:40-13:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/L Fiddler.
15/01/40 12:15-14:05 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Fiddler.
15/01/40 15:40-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Bowen.
18/01/40 14:45-15:30 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/L Fiddler.
28/01/40 14:05-14:35 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Thompson.
16/03/40 13:30-15:05 Patrol Vitry 20,000 feet; P/O H. P. J. Radcliffe.
18/03/40 14:30-15:35 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; P/O Parrott.
24/03/40 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.
K6139 (?)     Typo?
This aircraft was used by 72 Sq.. Destroyed 29/06/38.
12/01/40 12:45-13:10 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). Investigating unidentified aircraft; F/O Pumphrey.
14/01/40 12:30-13:40 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Bowen.
15/01/40 15:40-15:55 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Stewart.
20/03/40 14:45-15:40 Patrol Vitry 10,000 feet; F/O Plinston.
22/03/40 08:55-09:45 Patrol Vitry 25,000 feet; F/O N. S. Graeme.
 
K7895 (?)     Typo?
This aircraft was used by 112 Sq. in the M.E.
11/01/40 10:35-12:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
12/01/40 14:55-16:00 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘C’ line patrol; F/O Plinston.
 
K7981 (?)     Typo?
This aircraft was used by 1597M at 6 School of Target towing.
12/01/40 12:30-14:15 Patrol. Operating from St. Inglevert (G.7970). ‘A’ line patrol; F/O Bowen.
 
K79??     05/01/40 10:05-10:30 Patrol. Operating from Vitry; P/O Whitty.
 
?     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-Chaussιe. Aircraft repairable; F/O Craig unhurt.
Two other squadron aircraft were similarly damaged during these exercises at Pιronne.
 

Gloster Gladiator in Commonwealth squadron service






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