Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
1940. Geoffrey 'boy' Wellum together with other 92 Squadron
Spitfire pilots return to their home base following yet
another busy day's fighting enemy aircraft over Southern
England. They will be exhausted, their nerves stretched
to the limit but they live to fly and fight another day.
They live to fly and fight another day. These courageous
young men will once again do their duty in the fight for
freedom and victory.
Every print in the entire edition is signed and numbered in
pencil by the artist Philip West and countersigned by Flt.
Lt. Geoffrey Wellum DFC (Battle of Britain pilot). Artist
proofs and Remarque editions are additionally signed by Three
Battle of Britain veteran pilots.
Artist Proofs and Remarque Editions
Artist Proofs and Remarque editions are additionally signed
by Flight Lieutenant Richard Jones, Wing Commander Bob Foster
DFC AE, Wing Commander J.F.D, ‘Tim’ Elkington.
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.
Lieutenant Richard Jones, began operational flying
in 1940 with 64 Squadron flying Spitfires out of Kenley airfield,
Surrey, from where he was in action during the Battle of Britain.
When 64 Squadron was withdrawn from the front line Richard
joined No 19 Squadron based at Fowlmere, part of the Duxford
Sector. 19 Squadron was part of “The Big Wing”,
led by Douglas Bader, the legendary legless fighter pilot.
As the Battle of Britain was drawing to a close Fl. Lt. Jones
was shot down by a Me109 during a dogfight over Kent. After
the Battle of Britain he became a test pilot for Hawker Hurricanes
and many other aircraft types.
Commander Bob Foster DFC AE flying career began shortly
before WW2, when he learnt to fly with the RAFVR. Called up
for war service in September 1939, he completed his training
and was posted to 605 Squadron, equipped with Hawker Hurricanes.
By early September 1940 he and his Squadron were in the thick
of the air fighting over southern England, operating from
Croydon during the Battle of Britain. Surviving the Battle,
he later became an instructor, but shortly after joining 54
Squadron, which had Spitfires, he and this unit became part
of a group sent out to Australia to help defend the Darwin
area. Bob's squadron and two others, 452 and 457, engaged
the Japanese incursions throughout 1943. Awarded the DFC for
his efforts, he returned to the UK and was given an assignment
with a RAF public relations outfit, ending up in Normandy
within three weeks of the invasion of 1944. Often serving
right up in the front lines, Bob saw the war at very close
Commander J.F.D, ‘Tim’ Elkington. John
Francis Durham Elkington was born in Warwickshire on the 23
of December, 1920. He entered Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in
1939. Tim obtained his commission on 14 July, 1940 and joined
No. 1 Squadron at Northolt. He shot down a ME 109 on 15 August,
but was himself shot down and wounded on the 16th in Hurricane
P3137. After sick leave to convalescent he was posted to 55
OTU as an instructor. He joined 601 Squadron in late May of
1941 and stayed with the squadron through July. Tim then joined
134 Squadron forming at Leconfield and bound for service in
Russia. The squadron embarked on HMS Argus and took off of
the carrier for an airfield near Murmansk. Eventually Tim
wound up back in 1 Squadron for a time before being posted
to 539 Squadron which were flying Havocs. Tim then went to
197 Squadron at Drem flying Typhoons. The squadron left for
India in December, 1943. With varying other service, Tim had
a long career in the RAF, not retiring until 1975 with the
rank of Wing Commander.
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