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.
Sgt Denis N Robinson was posted to No 152 Squadron RAF at RAF Acklington on 21 June The pilot destroyed an Me 109 on 25 July, another on 5 and 15 August, a Ju 87 on 17 August and a Ju 88 on 4 September.
P/O Richard M Hogg served with No 152 Squadron RAF at RAF Acklington in early July 1940 and shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 on 12 and 21 August. He was killed in action, aged over the Channel on 25 August 1940 in Spitfire Mk Ia UM-B.
Sgt John S Anderson (left) was transferred to No 234 squadron RAF in late September 1940 before being posted back to No 152 Squadron RAF in late November. At RAF Warmwell, he saw no enemy aircraft but amassed many flying hours in routine formation drills, practice attacks, air tests and air-to-ground firing. From April, coastal patrols and convoy protection from RAF Portreath were added to the roster, remaining the main fare until mid-1941.
P/O Arthur R "Watty" Watson joined No 152 Squadron RAF at RAF Warmwell from a shortened course at FTS Cranwell on 15 July 1940. Claiming a Ju 88 damaged on 22 August, a He 111 destroyed on 15 September and a Ju 88 and an Me 110 on 27 September, he was wounded in the later engagement and went on sick leave until 8 November. Bailing out following combat with enemy fighters over the south coast on 28 November, he fell dead, aged 19, after his parachute fouled Spitfire Mk I UM-V and tore.
Sgt John S Anderson of No 152 Squadron RAF sits in Spitfire Mk II UM-C at RAF Warmwell in 1940. Arriving 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 approach, when the weakened wheeled gear collapsed resulting in a slide along the turf. The "slight miscalculation" earned him a logbook endorsement from station commander W/C George Howard.
Sgt Edmund E Shepperd of No 152 Squadron RAF shares the company of bull terrier mascot P/O Pooch at RAF Warmwell in September 1940. Shepperd joined the squadron at RAF Acklington when it reformed on 1 October 1939 and claimed an Me 109 destroyed on 25 July, a Ju 88 on 12 August, a Ju 87 on 18 August and a Ju 88 on 7 October. He was killed, aged 23, on 18 October when he crashed at Tadnoll Mill from unknown causes, though there was poor visibility at the time.