Squadron leader GEOFFREY WELLUM DFC
Aged seventeen, he signed up on a short-service commission with the Royal Air Force in August 1939. The first aircraft he flew was the Tiger Moth at Desford airfield in Leicestershire, after successfully completing the course he then went on to fly the North American Harvard at RAF Little Rissington with 6FTS.
He was then posted directly in May 1940 to 92 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. His first Commanding Officer was Roger Bushell, (later immortalised in The Great Escape),and his close colleagues included Brian Kingcome
He claimed a Heinkel He 111 shot down on 11 September, and a quarter share in a Junkers Ju 88 downed on 27 September 1940. Two (and one shared) Messerschmidt Bf 109s were claimed ‘damaged’ during November 1940. A Bf 109 was claimed shot down on 9 July 1941 over France.
In February 1942 he was transferred to 65 Squadron based at Debden, being appointed a Flight Commander in March 1942.
On 11 August 1942, Wellum led eight Spitfires launched from the carrier HMS Furious to reinforce the fighter complement at Luqa airfield on Malta. Here he joined 1435 Squadron on air defence duties before being rested after a severe bout of sinusitis.
Private signing – March 9th 2014 Mustav autograph collectables
Signed by Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
The youngest Spitfire pilot to fly in the “Battle of Britain”