The Trust is saddened to announce the death of another of the Few, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC.
Sqn Ldr Wellum, a regular and popular visitor to The Battle of Britain Memorial, died at his home in Mullion, Cornwall, on Wednesday evening.
Born in Walthamstow, Essex on August 14, 1921, Sqn Ldr Wellum was approaching his 97th birthday. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939 and went to No 92 Squadron at Northolt in May, 1940.
In Feburary 1942 he was posted to No 65 Squadron at Debden as a Flight Commander. He was posted to Malta in late July and embarked on the carrier HMS Furious, later leading eight Spitfires off to Luqa, where he joined the recently formed 1435 Flight.
Sqn Ldr Wellum later became a test pilot at Gloster Aircraft, testing Typhoons, and ended the war as a gunnery instructor. He retired from the RAF in 1961 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.
His much-acclaimed book First Light, was published in 2002 and later made into a film for BBC television.
Trust secretary Patrick Tootal said Trustees, staff and volunteers had been much saddened by the news, adding that only this week Sqn Ldr Wellum had been talking enthusiastically about attending the Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey on 16 September.
His death follows shortly after that of Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC*, AFC, who passed away last Wednesday (11 July).