Youngest Pilot To Fight In The Battle Of Britain Dies Aged 96

Posted on July 20, 2018

He served with 92 Squadron and his first missions included the “dogfights” above London and the Home Counties for which the battle became known. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said it was “saddened by the news”. Sqn Ldr Wellum was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was later promoted to flight commander with 65 Squadron. He later led eight Spitfires from HMS Furious to relieve Malta. Sqn Ldr Wellum, speaking in 2013, said: “Somebody said: ‘Here’s a Spitfire – fly it, and if you break it there will be bloody hell to pay. Looking at my life now, I had peaked at about 21 or 22. It was just lovely blokes, all together in Fighter Squadron.”

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