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.
Cadets across the country celebrated the 79th anniversary of formation of the Air Training Corps on Sunday 2nd February 2020.
607 (Wearmouth) Squadron was no different, we joined in celebrations and a service of thanksgiving at St. Andrews Church in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Air Training Corps, part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets organisation, was formed by royal warrent on the 5th February 1941 and Air Cadets mark this date with celebrations on the closest Sunday to the anniversary, the Sunday is referred to as ATC Sunday. ATC Sunday is always a great opportunity for reflection and thanks for the organisation that a brought us all together with a shared interest.
UPDATED 20.03.2020 21:50
Currently, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets are following all NHS guidelines in response to COVID-19(Coronavirus).
In response to COVID-19 and to keep all our cadets and adult volunteers safe:
All RAFAC face-to-face activity is suspended until the end of May