Sgt John S Anderson of No 152 Squadron RAF poses with Spitfire Mk II UM-C at RAF Warmwell in 1940. Arriving at the airfield on 29 September, the 19-year-old pilot began combat training on 2 October. Damaging the undercarriage on landing on 14 October, he went round again on his second landing, when the weakened landing gear collapsed resulting in a slide along the turf. The "slight miscalculation" earned him a logbook endorsement from station commander W/C George Howard.
P/O Charles Warren first flew the Spitfire Mk I with No 152 Squadron RAF from RAF Acklington on 15 January 1940, recurrently switching to the old inventory of Gladiator Mk II biplanes while commencing patrols off the northeast coast during the month. Between 12 July and 27 August, the 21-year-old pilot took off in over 50 scrambles from RAF Warmwell and although not scoring success in the air, was promoted to flying officer on 1 October.
P/O William D Williams (left) and P/O Eric S "Boy" Marrs (right) of No 152 Squadron RAF enjoy time off at RAF Warmwell in September Williams claimed 5 and 1 shared destroyed and 2 damaged from 13 August.