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Memorial Flight by Robert Taylor


Signed by the following Battle of Britain and Bomber Command Aircrew

The Battle of Britain Signatures:

Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC O/C 145 Sqn
Group Captain Frank Carey CBE DFC DFM 43 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Gordon Batt 238 Sqn
Group Captain Tom Gleave CBE O/C 253 Sqn
Air Commodore John Thompson CBE DSO DFC O/C 111 Sqn
Commander Ronald Hay DSO DSC 808 Sqn, FAA
Squadron Leader Vernon Simmonds 238 Sqn
Wing Commander Pat Hancock OBE DFC 1 Sqn
Squadron Leader Henryk Szczesny DFC 74 Sqn
Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair OBE DFC 310 Sqn
Group Captain George Darley DSO O/C 609 Sqn
Squadron Leader Donald Stones DFC 79 Sqn
Squadron Leader Peter Down 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Ingle-Finch DFC 151, 607, 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Geoffrey Page DSO OBE DFC 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Peter Parrott DFC AFC 145,605 Sqn
Wing Commander Michael Constable-Maxwell DSO DFC 56 Sqn
Squadron Leader Boleslaw Drobinski DFC 65 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Arnold Lauder 264 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Fred Gash DFM 264 Sqn
Wing Commander Archibald McNeill-Boyd DSO DFC 600 Sqn
Group Captain Brian Kingcome DSO DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader Cyril Bamberger DFC  41,610 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Foster DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Robert Deacon Elliott DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander William Gregory DSO DFC DFM 29 Sqn
Group Captain Desmond Sheen DFC 72 Sqn
Wing Commander Harbourne Stephen DSO DFC 74 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Harold Bird-Wilson CBE DSO DFC AFC 17 Sqn
Wing Commander George Unwin DSO DFM 19 Sqn
Air Commodore Peter Brothers DSO CBE DFC 32 Sqn
Wing Commander John Kilmartin OBE DFC 43 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Gibson DSO DFC 501 Sqn
Squadron Leader Ben Bennions DFC 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Joe Kyall DSO DFCO/C 615 Sqn
Squadron Leader Lionel Casson DFC AFC 616 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant James Renvoize 247 Sqn
Alex Henshaw MBE Spitfire test pilot)
Group Captain Peter Townsend DSO DFC O/C 85 Sqn
Squadron Leader Frank Usmar 41 Sqn
Wing Commander Wilfred Sizer DFC 213 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Raymond Homes 504 Sqn
Squadron Leader Charlton Haw DFC DFM504 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Doe DSO DFC 234, 238 Sqn
Squadron Leader Dennis Armitage DFC 266 Sqn
Wing Commander Douglas Grice DFC MBE 32 Sqn
Air Commodore Donald Macdonell CB DFC O/C 64 Sqn
Squadron Leader Hugh Heron AFC 266, 66 Sqn
Wing Commander Roland Beamont  DSO CBE DFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander Bernard Jennings DFM 19 Sqn
Group Captain Dennis David CBE DFC AFC 87 Sqn
Wing Commander James Sanders DFC 615, O/C 422 Flt.
Wing Commander Ronald Kellett DFC 249 O/C 303 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal George Chamberlain CB OBE FIU
Air Vice Marshal Alexander Johnstone CB DFC O/C 602 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Denis Robinson 152 Sqn
Air Chief Marshal Christopher Foxley-Norris GCB KCB DSO CB OBE 3 Sqn
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC AFC AFM 249 Sqn
Wing Commander Ivor Cosby DFC 610, 72, 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Frederick Higginson OBE DFC DFM 56 Sqn
Wing Commander Robert Stanford-Tuck DSO DFC 92, O/C 257 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Urwin-Mann DFC 238 Sqn
Air Marshal Denis Crowley-MillingKCB CBE DSO DFC 242 Sqn
Air Commodore Paul Webb CBE DFC 602 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Edward Crew CB DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Group Captain John Hill CBE O/C 222 Sqn
Wing Commander Hugh Kennard DFC 66 Sqn
Squadron Leader Arthur Pond AFC 601 Sqn
Wing Commander Timothy Vigors DFC 222 Sqn
Squadron Leader Percy Morfill DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM 501 Sqn
Wing Commander James Storrar DFC 145, 73, 421 FLT
Group Captain Alec Ingle DFC AFC 605 Sqn
Wing Commander Christopher Currant DSO DFC 605 Sqn
Air Commodore Ronald Berry CBE DSO OBE DFC 603 Sqn
Flight Lieutenant Robert Carr-Lewty AFC 41 Sqn
Air Commodore James Leathart DSO O/C 54 Sqn
Group Captain Allan Wright DFC 92 Sqn
Squadron Leader John Bentley-Beard DFM AFC 249 Sqn
Group Captain John Cunningham DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Flying Officer Croskell 213 Sqn
Wing Commander Thomas Hayes 600 Sqn
Group Captain John Bisdee OBE DFC 609 Sqn
Wing Commander Patrick Barthropp DFC AFC 602 Sqn
Group Captain Peter Simpson DFC 64, 111 Sqn
Group Captain Hugh Dundas CBE DSO DFC 616 Sqn
Air Commodore Roderick Chisholm DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Air Commodore Archie Winskill KCVO CBE DFC 72, 603 Sqn
Commander Richard Gardner DSC OBE 242 Sqn
Group Captain Irving Smith CBE OBE DFC 151 Sqn
Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson CB CBE DSO DFC

Signed by the following Bomber Command Aircrew
The original Dambusters signatures:

Sergeant Jim Clay Bomb Aimer AJ-W
Flying Officer Harold Hobday Navigator AJ-N
Sergeant Dudley Heal Navigator AJ-F
Flight Sergeant George Chalmers wireless operator AJ-O
Sergeant Frank Appleby Flight Engineer AJ-W
Sergeant Johnny Johnson Bomb Aimer AJ-T
Sergeant Ray Grayston Flight Engineer AJ-N

Group Captain James Tait DSO DFC  O/C 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
R W Hewitt 617 Sqn
Squadron Leader Benny Goodman 617 Sqn - Tirpitz
Squadron Leader Bob Knights DSO DFC 617 Sqn - Tirpitz

Wing Commander Roderick Learoyd VC
Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC
Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie DSO DFC  7 Sqn – Pathfinder

Colin has framed this to his usual high standards with an original wartime set of pilot wings, bombardier wings, navigator wings, air-gunner wings and radio operator wings.

All these are guaranteed original wartime.

Fight for the Sky by Robert Taylor

Fight for the Sky
Robert Taylor

A superb presentation remarque with 48 Battle of Britain aircrew signatures who either flew the Hurricane or Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.

Sqn Ldr C S Bamberger DFC 610 Sqn
Wg Cdr P P C Barthropp DFC AFC 602 Sqn
Sqn Ldr R A Beardsley DFC 610 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G H Bennions DFC 41 Sqn
A/Cdr P M Brothers CBE DSO DFC 32 Sqn
A/Cdr C B Brown CBE AFC AE 245 Sqn
SQN Ldr P F Morfill DFM 501 Sqn
A/Cdr C J Mount CBE DSO DFC 604 Sqn
Wg Cdr T F Neil DFC AFC 249 Sqn
Wg Cdr P Olver DFC 611 Sqn
Gp Capt J R a Peel DSO DFC 145 Sqn
Wg Cdr G L Sinclair OBE DFC 310 Sqn
General S Skalski DSO DFC 501 Sqn
Wg Cdr C F Currant DSO DFC 605 Sqn
Wg Cdr R F T Doe DSO DFC 234 Sqn
Gp Capt B Drake DSO DFC 213 Sqn
A/Cdr J L W Ellacombe CB DFC 151 Sqn
Wg Cdr P C Farnes DFM 501 Sqn
Wg Cdr R W Foster DFC AE 605 Sqn
Mr P H Fox 56 Sqn
Wg Cdr J C Freeborn DFC 74 Sqn
Flt Lt P R Hairs MBE 501 Sqn
Sqn Ldr N E Hancock DFC 152 Sqn
Mr C G Hilken 74 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T C Iveson DFC AE 616 Sqn
Wg Cdr T M Kane 234 Sqn
Sqn Ldr K N T Lee DFC 501 Sqn
A/Cdr D N Roberts CBE DFC 609/234 (O/C Middle Wallop)
Wg Cdr H M Stephen CBE DSO DFC 74 Sqn
Gp Capt A R Wright DFC AFC 92 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G Wellum DFC 92 Sqn
Wg Cdr H M T Heron AFC 266 Sqn
Gp Capt W D David CBE DFC AFC 87 Sqn
Wg Cdr G C Unwin DSO DFM 19 Sqn
A/Cdr Sir A Winskill KCVO CBE DFC 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr L H Casson DFC AFC 616 Sqn
A/Cdr P C Webb CBE DFC 602 Sqn
Wg Cdr T A Vigors DFC 222 Sqn
Sqn Ldr N Rose 602 Sqn
AVM S Johnstone CB DFC AE 602 Sqn
AVM J E Johnson CB CBE CSO DFC 616 Sqn
Gp Capt J D Bisdee OBE DFC 609 Sqn
Gp Capt D F V Sheen DFC 72 Sqn
Wg Cdr P L Parrott DFC AFC 145/ 605 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A C Bartley DFC 92 Sqn
Sqn Ldr B G Stapleton DFC 603 Sqn
Capt A R F Thompson DFC 249 Sqn
Gp Capt A D Murray DFC 501/73 (O/C)

Original drawing by Nicolas Trudgian

Mosquito of No. 604 Squadron by Nicolas Trudgian

Mosquito of No. 604 Squadron over France February 1945

This incredible drawing is signed by no less than 24 Mosquito Air Crew
Including John Cunningham, John Ellacombe, George Cash, Doug Gregory, 

£795 + postage and packing


have teamed up to produce this stunning
New Limited edition print
which has been in the making for three years

Fortress Malta by Nicolas Trudgian

Nicolas Trudgian

In the summer of 1942, the desperate battle to keep Malta in Allied hands is at its height. The vital Port of Valetta
 is the beleaguered target for yet another attack by Luftwaffe JU88 bombers. Leaping to its defence from their nearby airfield at Takali come Spitfire Mk VBs of No.249 Squadron, who, in pursuit of the Bombers, have become entangled with the enemy escort fighters. These include Me109s of JG53 and Italian Air Force Re2001s of 2nd Gruppo based in Sicily. Such gallant efforts by the RAF squadrons led them to overcome seemingly impossible odds to protect this vitally strategic island. They successfully repulsed the Axis attacks and made possible the winning of the war in the Mediterranean Theatre.


Metellini earned his wings on 17th September 1930, attaining the title of “Piloa di Aeroplano” (pilot of Airplane), Flying the FIAT CR20 he began learning the basics of becoming a military fighter pilot. After a few months his training period was completed, and he was appointed Military Pilot, and promoted to the rank of Sergeant on the 14th December 1930. The young Sergeant’s first assignment was the 76th “Squadriglia Caccia” based near Rome.
In 1939 Metellini was appointed Lieutenant and volunteered for the Spanish campaign, and was assigned to the X Gruppo, 102nd Squadron. After Mussolini declared war, his gruppo was sent to Taranto. Flying CR.32 they flew escort missions in defence for the Italian home fleet. In December 1940, he was sent to Africa flying the new Fiat G. ‘Freccia’.  Whilst there his unit performed ground strafing, escort missions, and bomber escort missions for BR20’s and JU87’s of Italian and German units. The missions were flown over Tobruk, Sollum and Sidi Barrani.
In August of 1941, the 2nd Gruppo was sent back to Italy, becoming the first group equipped with the newest Italian fighter, the Reggiane 2001”Falco II”. Familiarization and training with the Re.2001 took some time. By May 1942 his unit was considered combat ready and sent to the airbase at Santo Pietro di Caltagirone, Sicily.  The mission was no easy task; escort and protect the bombers attacking Malta.
The entire summer of 1942 went on with escorting missions and dogfighting against the British Spitfire’s based on the isle of Malta.  It was Metellini’s toughest period because the missions where frequent, sometimes two or three a day.  In comparison the Re.2001 was a good airplane, but the Spitfire was a very tough opponent, with superior engine power, heavy armament and British pilots who were very good.  Metellini also participated in the attack on two of the biggest British convoys sent to Malta, the “Harpoon” convoy in June 1942 and “Pedestal” convoy in August 1942.  During these battles, his 2nd Fighter Group escorted Savoia Marchetti S 79 torpedo bombers, led by the famous torpedo ace Buscaglia.During the combat period over Malta, the 2nd Group lost half of its pilots. Tired and exhausted the remaining pilots and airplanes where sent back to Italy at the end of September. At the end of the war, he came back to Italy where he joined the new Aeronautica Militare in September 1945, with the rank of Captain. During his distinguished military flying career, Brigadier General Giacomo Metellini completed roughly 2,500 flight hours and flew almost 50 different types of aircraft.

Giacomo Metellini passed away at the age of 99 on June 24th, 2012, one week before his 100th birthday.

Routley  joined the Royal Navy as a pilot in Sep ’39.  He was posted to 805 Squadron flying Martlets mainly protecting the convoys from Alexandria to Tobruck /Mersah Matruh and the Suez Canal, after extensive operations he was posted to the Naval Fighter School in Henstridge where he flew Seafires during 1943-44.

At the Central Gunnery School Sutton Bridge. He was the Commanding Officer of 885 Squadron of  Hellcats, HMS Ruler and HMS Indefatigable 1944-45.

He culminated as Commanding Officer of  804 Squadron Sea Fury  in 1953-54. He retired in 1970.



Reproduced with kind permission from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. © Not to be reproduced without written permission

Flight Lieutenant LEONARD DAVIES
Davies was born on November 17 1920 went to school in Stockton on Tees. He joined 608 Squadron, AAF about July 1939, as an Aircrafthand (808429). Called up on August 24, he remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot. With training completed, he went to 7 OTU, Hawarden on July 1 1940. After converting to Hurricanes, he joined 151 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on July 15.
He made a crash-landing at Eastchurch on August 28, following a combat over the Thames Estuary. He was wounded and did not fly with 151 again until November 6 1940.
On December 13 Davies was posted to the Middle East. He arrived at Malta in a Sunderland from the Middle East on January 30 1941 and joined 261 Squadron at Ta Kali. On February 4 he damaged a Ju 88 and on May 9 a Ju 87. He returned to the Middle East later in the month. Commissioned in December 1942, Davies was released from the RAF in 1946, as a Flight Lieutenant. He died on March 31 2014.
PO 2.12.42   FO 2.6.43   FL 2.12.44

Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC AE
Neil was born in Bootle on July 14 1920. He joined the RAFVR on October 17 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot and began his training at 17 E&RFTS, Barton, Manchester. Called up on September 2 1939, Neil went to 4 ITW, Bexhill in early November. On December 1 he was posted to 8 FTS, Montrose and on completion of the course, he was commissioned and joined 249 Squadron on May 15 1940 at its reformation at Church Fenton.
Flying from North Weald on September 7, Neil claimed a Bf 109 destroyed, on the 11th a He 111 destroyed, on the 15th two Bf 109s and a Do 17 destroyed, another Do 17 shared and a He 111 probably destroyed., on the 18th a He 111 damaged and on the 27th a Bf 110 and a Ju 88 destroyed, a Bf 110 probably destroyed and a Ju 88 shared.
On October 6 Neil shared a Do 17, on the 25th claimed a Bf 109 destroyed, on the 27th a Do 17 probably destroyed, on the 28th a Ju 88 shared and on November 7 a Ju 87 and two Bf 109s destroyed. On this day Neil collided with Wing Commander F V Beamish during a patrol and lost his tail. He baled out of Hurricane V 7676, unhurt.
Neil was awarded the DFC (8.10.40) and a Bar (26.11.40) and he was made ‘B’ Flight Commander on December 13 1940, as an Acting Flight Lieutenant.
In May 1941 249 went to Malta. The squadron flew off Ark Royal on the 21st, Neil leading the second group of Hurricanes. After a series of mishaps and misadventures, they all reached Malta safely. On June 12 1941 Neil destroyed a Mc 200.
He left Malta on December 26 1941 and returned to the UK, via the Middle East, South Africa, West Africa and Canada, finally arriving at Liverpool in early March 1942.
Neil was posted to 81 Group, as Tactics Officer. He went to 56 OTU in mid-June and on September 1 1942 he took command of 41 Squadron at Llanbedr. In July 1943 he was posted to 53 OTU, Kirton-in-Lindsey, as an instructor. He later went to the 9th US Air Force, as Flying Liaison Officer with the 100th Fighter Wing. After D Day Neil did some operational flying in France, as a supernumerary.
In January 1945 he was posted to the School of Land/Air Warfare at Old Sarum, instructing and lecturing. Neil went to Burma in March 1945, investigating. Whilst there, he flew some operational sorties with No 1 Indian Wing. Neil returned to Old Sarum in April, leaving there in January 1946, to go on an Empire Test Pilots’ course at Cranfield. Neil was awarded the Bronze Star (US) (2.8.49) and the AFC (2.1.56). He retired from the RAF in 1964 as a Wing Commander.
PO 12.5.40   FO 3.3.41   FL 3.3.42   FL 1.9.45   SL 1.1.51

Born in Waitara on November 25 1919. Lawrence was at Southland Boys’ High School from 1933 to 1936 and then went to work as a bank clerk in Invercargill. He enrolled in the Civil Reserve of Pilots in February 1938 and in June he successfully applied for a short service commission in the RAF and left for England in the RMS Tainui on February 1 1939.
He began his ab initio course at 10 E&RFTS, Yatesbury on March 16, as a pupil pilot. He went on to 5 FTS, Sealand on May 28 for No 40 Course, which ran from March 30 to November 5 1939.
With training completed, Lawrence joined the newly-reformed 234 Squadron at Leconfield on November 6. The squadron then had Blenheims but began to receive Spitfires in March 1940. On May 6 he was sent to the School of Air Navigation, St Athan for No 6 Short Navigation Instructors’ Course, which ran until June 28 1940. He qualified as an Air Navigator 2nd Class, in preparation to be Squadron Navigation Officer. He rejoined 234 on June 30. Lawrence shared in the destruction of a Ju 88 on July 8, the squadron’s first victory. On July 12 he damaged a Ju 88, on August 24 he damaged a Bf 110 and on September 7 he claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and damaged a Do 17. Two days later Lawrence was posted to 603 Squadron at Hornchurch and on the 15th, his first sortie with 603, he claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and two others damaged.
On October 8 1940 Lawrence was posted to 421 Flight, then forming at Hawkinge. On November 23 he damaged a Bf 110 and on a weather reconnaissance over Ramsgate on the 26th he was shot down by Bf 109s. The Spitfire disintegrated and Lawrence found himself falling. He got his parachute open, went into the sea and burst open a dye sachet, colouring the water. He was picked up by a minesweeper and taken to Ramsgate, where he was admitted to hospital, with his right arm dislocated and his right leg broken.
After convalescence at Torquay, Lawrence rejoined 421 Flight on December 4 1941, by then renumbered 91 Squadron. He was sent to 52 OTU, Aston Down for a refresher course on Spitfires. He rejoined 91 on January 10 1942 but was soon afterwards posted to HQ RAF Mediterranean at Valetta, Malta. From there he joined 185 Squadron at Hal Far on February 17. On March 23 he shared a He 111, on April 9 damaged a Ju 88, on the 24th he damaged a Bf 109, on May 9 he got a probable Ju 87 and damaged a Bf 109, on the 10th got another probable Ju 87 and on the 19th he damaged a Mc 202. Lawrence was promoted to Acting Squadron Leader on May 28 1942 and took command of 185, leading it until he returned to the UK in early August. He was posted to 52 OTU, Aston Down but moved to 57 OTU, Hawarden on September 4. He was awarded the DFC (12.9.42).
In early July 1943 Lawrence went to Duxford for liaison duties with the USAAF. On October 27 he was posted to CGS, Sutton Bridge, on the Pilot Gunnery Instructors’ Training Wing. In late May 1944 Lawrence went to 28 OTU, Wymeswold, where he flew Hurricanes by day and night against Wellingtons, training air gunners. He returned to operations on February 5 1945, when he joined 124 Squadron at Manston, flying Spitfire IXs.
On July 15 1945 Lawrence transferred to the RNZAF. He returned to New Zealand in late May 1946 and went on to the Reserve in September. He later returned to Britain and settled there and ran a successful dry-cleaning business.
APO 13.5.39   PO 6.11.39   FO 6.11.40   FL 6.11.41

Wing Commander PAUL  FARNES DFM
Farnes, who was born at Boscombe, Hampshire on July 16 1918, joined the RAFVR in April 1938, as an Airman u/t Pilot (741447) and did his flying training at 19 E&RFTS, Gatwick. In July 1939 he took the opportunity of spending six months with the regular RAF and went to the 11 Group Pool at St Athan, where he converted to Hurricanes.
On September 14 1939 Farnes joined 501 Squadron at Filton. The squadron flew to Béthienville in France on May 10 1940. Farnes destroyed a He 111 and shared another on the 12th and shared a Do 17 on the 14th and got a possible He 111 on the 27th. After being withdrawn on June 17, the squadron regrouped at Croydon and Middle Wallop and on July 26 moved to Gravesend. On August 12 Farnes claimed a Ju 87 destroyed, on the 15th two more, on the 18th a Do 17, on the 28th a Bf 109, and on the 30th he damaged a He 111. He damaged two Bf 109s on September 2, damaged a Bf 110 on the 3rd, damaged Do 17s on the 14th and 27th, destroyed a Ju 88 on the 30th and got probable Bf 109s on October 29 and November 8. He was awarded the DFM (22.10.40).
Commissioned in November 1940, Farnes was posted to 57 OTU, Hawarden on February 13 1941, as an instructor. He went out to 73 OTU, Aden on November 9 1941, from where he was posted on February 27 1942 to 229 Squadron at El Firdan, as a Flight Commander. The squadron went to Hal Far, Malta in late March 1942 and whilst there, on April 2 Farnes damaged a Ju 88, on the 4th and 8th damaged two unidentified enemy aircraft, on May 6 damaged a Ju 88 and on the 9th damaged a Bf 109. The squadron had been officially disbanded on April 29 1942 and Farnes and other pilots of 229 returned to Egypt on May 27. Farnes was posted to Air HQ Iraq, Habbaniya on July 3 1942 and apart from seven months spent in Baghdad in 1943 he remained there until January 19 1945, when he returned to the UK.
After a short refresher course at 53 OTU, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Farnes went to 124 Squadron at Hawkinge for a month. He spent two months at the CFE, Tangmere and then took command of 611 Squadron at Peterhead on July 7 1945. He was given command of 164 Squadron at Turnhouse on August 14 and led the squadron until August 31 1946, when it was disbanded and renumbered as 63 Squadron.
In the post-war years Farnes held a series of appointments prior to his retirement on June 27 1958 as a Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander.
PO 27.11.40    FO 27.11.41    FL 26.7.42    SL 1.5.44    SL 1.9.45

Born in Walthamstow, Essex on August 14 1921, Wellum joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his ab initio course on August 14 1939 at 7 E&RFTS, Desford. He went to No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge on October 23, for a short induction course. Wellum moved to 6 FTS, Little Rissington for No 16 Course, which ran from November 6 1939 to May 20 1940.With training completed, he joined 92 Squadron at Northolt on May 21 1940. He was detached to RAF Uxbridge on the 22nd for a short R/T procedure course. On September 11 1940 Wellum destroyed a He 111, on the 27th he shared in the destruction of a Ju 88, on November 2 he damaged two Bf 109s and on the 17th he shared in damaging a Bf 109.
Still with 92 Squadron, he damaged a Bf 109 on June 26 1941, probably destroyed another on July 8 and destroyed another on the 9th. He was awarded the DFC (5.8.41) and posted away to 52 OTU, Aston Down, as an instructor.
In February 1942 Wellum was posted to 65 Squadron at Debden, as a Flight Commander. He was posted to Malta in late July and embarked on the carrier HMS Furious at a Scottish port. On August 11 he led eight Spitfires off to Luqa, where he joined the recently-formed 1435 Flight, as a Flight Commander. He became ill and was repatriated to England by air.
After a long leave, Wellum became a test pilot at Gloster Aircraft, testing Typhoons. He later became a gunnery instructor, continuing this duty until the end of the war.
Wellum retired from the RAF on June 30 1961, as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader. He joined a firm of commodity brokers in London.
He wrote his reminiscences in a book, First Light, published in 2002.
APO 23.10.39   PO 20.5.40   FO 20.5.41   FL 20.5.42   FL 1.9.45

Protecting the Convoys by Nicolas Trudgian

Nicolas Trudgian

On the 23rd November 1941 two Italian S.79 torpedo bombers attacked a
convoy that was sailing from Alexandria to Tobruck.
Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Martlets Mk.IIIs from No.805 Squadron rushed to the defence of the ships.
Lieutenant Jack Routley managed to damage one of the bombers before the Italians fled for home.

Protecting the Convoys is not sold seperately. It is only part of the George Cross edition and The George Cross Remarque editions

We are very pleased to offer the
Protecting the Convoys 
Original Drawing for sale

£795 + postage and packing


MAIN EDITION: LIMITED TO 150 WORLDWIDE, with three signatures
Flight Lieutenant LEN DAVIES

Signed by the three above and
Wing Commander PAUL FARNES DFM
Wing Commander TOM NEIL DFC* AFC AE

Comes with a companion print entitled ‘PROTECTING THE CONVOYS’ signed by: Commander JACK ROUTLEY

Signed by the six above and inscribed with an original pencil drawing by Nicolas Trudgian.

Comes with a companion print entitled ‘PROTECTING THE CONVOYS’ signed by: Commander JACK ROUTLEY

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Overall print  size 720mm x 490mm,  Image size 610mm x 370mm 

We would like to thank the following people for their very kind assistance
Mellisa John, Dr Steve Bond, Allesandro Metellini, Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Geoff Simpson

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The Battle of Britain Memorial TrustThe Wing Appeal

We have been proud supporters and fundraisers for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust since 1992. We have raised large sums of money through signing events and auctions over the years. On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with your help we raised a staggering amount of over £30,000.

In this year Colin was honoured to be nominated to become a Trustee of the trust, the fundraising this year with the trust and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association is going well.

On the 27th October 2011 we were privileged to be helping at the Charity Gala Dinner and Auction held at the RAF Club in aid of ‘The Wing’ appeal on behalf of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. The event was held in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
We would like to thank everybody for their support, as it raised as staggering £27,000.

On the 18th October 2012 we held another Charity Gala Dinner and Auction, this time raising the amazing amount of £40,000.

At the gala dinner in October 2013, we raised over £30,000.

This is raising funds for the eagerly anticipated ‘The Wing’ education centre at Capel Le Ferne, if you are interested in this project please go to this website for further details
Thank you for your continued support.


The Wing appeal has raised £3.4 million so far.

'The Wing' Education Centre has been granted full planning permission with building commencing August 2013.

By the Christmas break this year, all the stabilising & concrete base will be finished ready for steel construction in January 2014.

At signing events held at the Duxford airshows, we have raised over £4,000 which goes directly to
The Battle of Britain Fighter Association. At the last Battle of Britain Fighter Association AGM a nomination was made and agreed by all veterans present that Colin would become an honouree member of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association.

Just to let everybody know, the money raised at the September signing event at Duxford, is paying for a tree to be planted at the National Memorial Arboretum which honours the fallen. This will be planted in the spring of next year. Thank you once again for all your support.