607 (Wearmouth) Squadron started life on 1st of April 1982 as a Detached Flight of local Squadron 111 (Sunderland) Squadron.
111 (Seaburn) Detached Flight, as we were known then were based in a hut on Douglas Road where the current HQ is sited. Over the years the 111 (Seaburn) DF went from strength to strength and grew cadet and volunteer numbers.
On the eleventh anniversary the detached flight was awarded a new status, becoming 607 (Wearmouth) Squadron, on the 1st April 1993, by a Royal Warrent signed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Our squadron number was selected to link the newly formed squadron to the disbanded 607 (County Durham) Squadron RAF Auxillary that fought during WWII, which was based at RAF Station Usworth, that is now the Sunderland Nissan car plant.
In 1994 607 (Wearmouth) Squadron was awarded an impressive haul of trophies and accolades, including the Knowles Trophy and the Pusey Trophy for the best squadron training and administration respectively. This success continued in 1995 607 (Wearmouth) Squadron were the regional winners of the Lees Trophy, awarded to the best Squadron in the region.
The Squadron was able to secure a grant to replace the old HQ building with the current two storey brick building, believed to be the first two storey brick building designed exclusively for use by an Air Training Corps Squadron. During the buildings construction in 1996, a commemorative stone was laid by the then Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Carr RAF VR(T). The new Squadron building was opened in 1997 by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
With all the success of the squadron since it's new acquired status, it was decided that the squadron would be allowed to form Detached Flight within the village of Hetton-le-Hole, thus 607 (Hetton-le-Hole) Detached Flight was formed on 1st April 1997. The detached flight flourished and in 2001 was itself awarded Squadron status, becoming 36 (Hetton-le-Hole) Squadron, named after 36 Squadron RAF who also had connections to RAF Station Usworth. This brought the total number of squadrons in Sunderland to 4, all of which are still parading today.
In 2015 607 (County Durham) Squadron RAFAuX was reformed as a general service support squadron based at RAF Station Leeming in North Yorkshire. We have shared a close relationship between the two squadrons over the years.
In 2018 607 (County Durham) Squadron RAFAuX was awarded the freedom of Durham, as a squadron we were invited to join in the celebrations and the ceremony awarding the freedom. As part of the Royal Air Force centenary celebrations on the day Durham/Northumberland Wing along with serving members of the Royal Air Force joined both squadrons in a parade and march past outside Durham Cathedral.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Commanding Officer Flt Lt Jan Smith RAFAC.
She was truely dedicated to our squadron and the young people. She worked hard to ensure that each and every cadet did the best they could and got as much from the organisation as possible.
She dedicated nearly 30 years to the Air Cadet organisation. She spent 13 of those years as Officer Commanding 607 (Wearmouth) Squadron in a role in which she helped to inspire so many Cadets and
Boss you will be truly missed.
Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
We are pleased to announce our return to face to face training after a period of 13 months.
We are working in line with the UK Government's guidance for England, along with the guidance from the Nation Youth Agency (NYA) and HQ Air Cadets.
During training Social distancing measures are in place along with risk assessing the risks of covid during our activities.