by Philip E. West
Approx. overall prints size: 17½” x 23½”/44cms x 58cms
Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum of 92 Squadron once again takes his trusted Spitfire into attack high over southern England.
Any moment now both he and one other Spitfire pilot will be flying into hell amongst at least a dozen Luftwaffe He111s on their way to drop their bombs on London.
Geoffrey Wellum together with other pilots of Fighter Command became “One of the Few” and fought with courage and determination.
The Primary Edition has been signed by Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum DFC (Battle of Britain pilot) and three additional Spitfire pilots have signed the Artist Proof and Remarque editions.
60 Prints in the Artist Proof Edition £125.00
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
Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC. Few RAF pilots flew operationally from the beginning to the end of the Second World War.
Fewer still can claim to have experienced action from Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, El Alamein and the D-Day landings, to bomber escort duty in the closing days of the war in Europe.
Peter Ayerst is one such man.
Peter joined the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission and was despatched to France when war broke out.
After serving with legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader, Peter was posted to North Africa in 1942 where he was forced to crash-land his Hurricane in a minefield.
Peter flew Spitfires on intruder sorties over France before and during D-Day, on bomber escort duty against V-weapons sites and in support of mass daylight raids deep into Germany.
Awarded the DFC in December 1944, he also flew as fighter escort to King George VI’s Dakota. By the war’s end, Peter had flown every mark of Spitfire and Hurricane in the RAF’s inventory!
This stood him in good stead after the war when he worked with famous test pilot Alex Henshaw: he was part of the flight-test crew when Henshaw rolled a Lancaster.