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Geoffrey Wellum DFC

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by The_Historian, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    "The youngest spitfire pilot to see active service during the Battle of Britain has died.
    Geoffrey Wellum was just 18 when in the summer of 1940 he was sent out to confront the might of Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above southern England.
    Squadron Leader Wellum died at his home in Cornwall on Wednesday evening. He was 96.
    As one of "the few" he took part in dogfights above London and the Home Counties.
    The bravery of the RAF's fighter pilots inspired Winston Churchill's words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
    After the Battle of Britain Geoffrey Wellum saw action throughout the war, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross and leading a squadron of aircraft carrier-based spitfires in the relief of Malta.
    Many years later he described his war experiences: "Somebody said: 'Here's a Spitfire - fly it, and if you break it there will be bloody hell to pay'.
    "I ended with 146 hours of flying time. Looking at my life now, I had peaked at about 21 or 22.
    "It was just lovely blokes, all together in Fighter Squadron.""
    Youngest Battle of Britain spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum dies
     
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    It will be a terrible day for me when the last Battle of Britain Veteran passes away.............Rest in Peace Geoffrey Wellum :s!:
     
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    I had the pleasure and honour of meeting Geoffrey Wellum at a Duxford airshow a number of years ago. He was there with three other RAF veterans signing books, and although he didn't have a book to sign, my then young son managed to get all their signatures on a scrap of paper.

    Mr Wellum was a true gentleman and my son came away from the moment with a smile from ear to ear!

    RIP Mr Wellum
     
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