I read his book a couple of years ago. Really gives you the feeling of what it's like to be an ordinary bloke involved in extraordinary events. The chapter where he's lost in fog over the sea is nailbiting and makes you realise how life or death can sometimes just depend on blind luck.
RIP Squadron Leader. To paraphrase your own words, your life was "of use", and then some - all I can only offer in return is my gratitude to you and your generation.
Aged 18 and flying spitfires! Dogfights over England! I doubt many 18 year old youths could prise themselves from their PlayStation, let alone go to war. A real hero, at ease sir.
Well said ace. It's sad that I've not heard of this man before. So called celebrities,over paid footballers etc are all well known but the likes of Mr Wellum live their lives in obscurity despite the massive contribution they've made.
He came across as the type of chap who would rather see 18 year olds on their Playstations rather than fighting a war.
One of the great things about the majority of these guys was that war didn't really embitter them as people, they did the job which the circumstances of the time demanded and did it with so little fuss with all they wanted was a lasting peace so that others didn't have to go through what they did. There is a class to that which is immeasurable in my opinion.