‘Here’s a Spitfire – fly it, and if you break it there will be bloody hell to pay’.”
Geoffrey Wellum has died at age 97. He had the distinction of being the youngest British pilot, at age 18, to participate in the Battle of Britain. Go here to read about him. Seven of The Few still remain among us.
The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Winston Churchill, August 20, 1940