Battle of Britain - 1940
by Philip E. West
Approx. overall print size 16½” x 26½ ” / 42 cms x 67 cms
Without doubt the most famous British fighter aircraft. It always inspired devotion from pilots and mechanics alike – to this very day. Flight Lt. Geoff Wellum in his 92 Sqn. Spitfire, during an all-too rare quiet moment, one evening during the summer of 1940 - the height of the Battle of Britain.
The aircraft that inspired devotion from pilots and mechanics alike, and such statements as “she really was the perfect flying machine; she hadn’t got a vice at all”, was also admired by those on the ground. In propaganda posters and illustrations, the Spitfire represented Britain’s defiance and commitment to ultimate victory.
Signed by Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum DFC.
The **Artist Proofs and **Remarques are also signed by Geoff’s Commanding Officer, the highly distinguished Group Captain Allan R. Wright DFC* AFC (Just look at his remarkable achievements below.)
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC joined the RAF with a Short Service Commission in August 1939. He joined no 92 Squadron flying Spitfires in June 1940 at the time of Dunkirk. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain, later completing over 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern France and Belgium until August 1941. He then joined 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious on operation Pedestal, to Malta. (Geoff was a Flt. Lt. during “Operation Pedestal”) He returned to the UK as a test pilot Gloster Aircraft and finished the war as a Pilot Attack Instructor.
Geoffrey was credited with three destroyed, four probables and several damaged and was awarded the DFC in July 1941.
Geoff’s Best Selling book “First Light”, recalling his wartime flying career, is highly recommended by SWA Fine Art. To give you some idea of the popularity of this book, sales to date have reached 250,000 copies! The book is available to order through most book shops. Alternatively, the book can be ordered online at www.Amazon.co.uk
Group Captain Allan Richard Wright DFC* AFC was born Devon 12 Feb 1920. He entered RAF College Cranwell as Flight Cadet April 1938. After training Allan was posted to 92 Sqdn at Tangmere on 27 October. Over Dunkirk on 23 May 1940 he destroyed a Me110 and possibly two more, on the 24th a possible He111 and on 2 June a confirmed Me109. During the Battle of Britain he destroyed a He111 on 14 August, a He111 at night over Bristol on 29 August, a He111 and Me109 on 11 Sept, a He111 on the 14th, a Me109 on the 15th, a Ju88 on the 19th, a Do17 on the 26th, a Ju88 on the 27th plus damaging a He111, a Do17, two Ju88’s, two Me109’s on the 30th.
On 30 Sept he was shot down wounded near Brighton and hospitalised. An award of the DFC was made on 22 October 1940. On 6 December 1940 he destroyed a Me109. By July 1941 Wright had destroyed 6 more Me109’s and received a bar to the DFC on 15 July. Service at HQ Fighter Command and as an instructor followed until being posted to 29 Squadron at West Malling in March 1943 where he destroyed a Ju88 on 3 April. Further command postings saw him through the war and post-war till 12 February 1967 when he retired as a Group Captain.