First Light – Battle of Britain July 1940
by Philip E. West
Another busy start to the day at Biggin Hill in the summer of 1940.
Depart under early morning sunlight to engage a mass of incoming enemy aircraft over the southeast coast.
By the end of 1940 the Squadron was credited with having destroyed 127 German aircraft.
Each print is signed by Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum DFC.
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC joined the RAF witha Short Service Commission in August 1939.
Geoffrey 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 August1941.
He then joined 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious on operation Pedestal.
(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.
150 Prints in the Primary edition
Approx.Overall print size 16” x 26” / 40cms x 66cms.