Geoffrey Wellum

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Geoffrey Wellum
Geoffrey Wellum in 2009
Birth nameGeoffrey Harry Augustus Wellum
Born(1921-08-04)4 August 1921
Walthamstow, Essex, England
Died18 July 2018(2018-07-18) (aged 96)
Mullion, Cornwall, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1939–1961,
RankSquadron Leader
Service number42925
Battles/warsBattle of Britain
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum DFC (4 August 1921—18 July 2018)[1] was a British Battle of Britain fighter pilot and author.

Wellum suffered severe sinusitis and battle fatigue after three years' intensive frontline flying. He returned from Malta to Britain, becoming a test pilot on the Hawker Typhoon, based at Gloster Aircraft.

He finished the war as a gunnery instructor, staying in the RAF, first as a staff officer in West Germany, followed by a four-year tour with 192 Squadron. He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend, and they had three children.[2]

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