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No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron Royal Air Force

   No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron was formed on the 17th March 1930 at Usworth as a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force. 607 was redesignated a fighter squadron on the 23th September 1936. The Squadron was disbanding on the 19th August 1945.
Airfields at which 607 Squadron was based:
  • Usworth 03 Sep 1939 to 10 Oct 1939 & 4th Jun 1940 to 1st Sep 1940 & 12 Dec 1940 to 16 Jan 1941
  • Acklington. 10 Oct to 14 Nov 1939
  • Croydon 14 Nov 1939 to 15th Nov 1939 & 22nd May 1940 to 4th Jun 1940
  • Vitry-en-Artois, France. 15th Nov 1939 to 22nd May 1940
  • Tangmere. 1st Sep 1940 to 10 Oct 1940
  • Turnhouse 10 Oct 1940 to 8 Nov 1940
  • Drem 8 Nov 1940 to 12 Dec 1940 & 2 Mar 1941 to 16 Apr 1941
  • Macmerry 16 Jan 1941 to 2 Mar 1941
  • Skitten 16 Apr 1941 to 27 Jul 1941
  • Castletown 27 Jul 1941 to 20 Aug 1941
  • Martlesham Heath. 20 Aug 1941 to 10 Oct 1941
  • Alipore. 10 Oct 1941


15th Oct 1939 

10th May 1940 Seven Aircraft Shot Down

15th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

15th May 1940 Escorted attack

15th Aug 1940 Eagle Day

9th Sept 1940 London Blitz begins

15th Sep 1940 Battle of Britain Day

17th September 1940  Battle of Britain

17th April 1944 Battle of the Imphal Plain

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Those known to have served with

No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Barrow. Hector Jack . Sgt Pilot
  • Colebrook Donald. Pilot
  • Craig. George Dudley . F/O
  • Dixon Peter. (d.31st May 1940)
  • Laughlin Loren Lee. (d.21st June 1941)
  • Parrott Peter Lawrence.
  • Smith Edward. WO
  • Smith Launcelot Eustice .
  • Whitty. William Hubert Rigby . F/O

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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Loren Lee Laughlin 607 Squadron 121 Squadron (d.21st June 1941)

I am researching my great uncle. He was Pilot Officer Loren Lee Laughlin and was killed on the 21st June 1941. My family knows very little of our uncle and would like to see if anyone remembers him and his time in the RAF.

He was a pilot in the 30ís and joined the RAF very early and was assigned to 607 Squadron before he was moved over to 121 Squadron when it was formed.

I am looking for a way to contact any of the survivors of the original members of the 121st who may have known him. My aunt remembers him as a kind and generous man. She talks of his love of planes. He owned one with his partners in Texas before leaving for England. She is so proud of him.

James Allen

Pilot Donald Colebrook 607 Squadron

My father - Donald Colebrook was a pilot in 607 squadron in Burma - he died in 1984, but I still have his flying log books Rod Colebrook

Rod Colebrook

WO Edward Smith 607 Squadron

Edward Smith was my Dad. I have his Log book, he flew Spitfires with 607 Squadron in Burma.

John Smith

Peter Dixon 607 Squadron (d.31st May 1940)

Peter Dixon (killed in action on 31st May 1940) served with 607 Squadron in France in early 1940 along with my father Peter Lawrence Parrott.

Rosemary Gaskell

Peter Lawrence Parrott 607 Sqd.

My father, Peter Lawrence Parrott, served with 607 Squadron in France in early 1940.

Rosemary Gaskell

Sgt Pilot Hector Jack "Raymond " Barrow.

Hector Barrow served with 607 (County of Durham), 43 (China-British) and 213 (Ceylon) Squadrons. He was born in Isle worth, Middlesex, son of Alfred Hector Henry and Edith Ethel Barrow, joined the RAFVR (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) in April 1939 as an Airman under training Pilot. He was called up on Sept 1 st 1939 and with training completed, he joined 607 Squadron at RAF Usworth in June 1940. In late July he was posted to 43 Squadron at RAF Tangmere and was attached to 6 Operational Training Unit (at RAF Sutton Bridge) for training from August 3 to August 24. He transferred on September 20 to 213 Squadron, which was also based at RAF Tangmere.

On September 27 Barrow claimed a share in destroying a Bf 110. He was reported Missing following a Wing patrol with 602 Squadron over RAF Tangmere on November 28th. His aircraft Hurricane Mk l (RAF Serial Number V6691) was shot down by a Bf109 of JG51 at 15:10 into the sea off Bognor on 28th November 1940. Barrow s body was washed up on the French coast. He is buried in Colleville-sur-Mer Churchyard, Calvados, France. He was 21 when he died.

Hawker Hurricane Mk I V6691 was one of 500 delivered between August 1940 and January 1941 by Gloster Aircraft, Hucclecote, to Contract No. B.85730/ 40. Serving with 213 Squadron it would have been coded AK-? (? indicates that the individual code letter is unknown). This aircraft had previously served with 253 Squadron.

Paul McMillan

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