Friday, 27 May 2016

FIRST LIGHT.

Hello!

Allow me to present my 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia. This particular Spitfire was flown during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. 

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and this was my tribute to  "The Few". We all owe them a debt that we cannot repay. I am so proud of the Royal Air Force and the brave men and women who defended our shores during the Battle of Britain.  As Churchill said: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

This Spitfire was flown by Geoffrey Wellum DFC, he was the youngest fighter pilot in the RAF during the Battle of Britain and his memoir "First Light" has become one of the finest accounts of the battle ever written.

Having read "First Light" several times I am full of pride and respect for the brave men of the RAF who defended Britain in her darkest hour.

Geoffrey Wellum served throughout the campaign with 92 Sqn winning a DFC. He was only relieved when he was diagnosed with extreme exhaustion and transferred to an OTU.
Wellum later found himself flying off an aircraft carrier in 1942 heading straight towards Malta. His account is both touching and inspirational and his story was told in the film "First Light" in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle.

92 Squadron, RAF were the highest scoring fighter squadron of the Battle of Britain.

When I completed this build I wanted to make a special display for it, so I have now installed the model in a display case with some figures to set the scene from Geoffrey Wellum's novel "First Light"






















               Remembering Geoffrey Wellum, 92 Squadron and "THE FEW" 


92 Squadron Spitfire's 

92 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The highest scoring squadron of the Battle of Britain. 

Geofrfey Wellum (Right) With Flt.Lt. Brian Kingcombe 1940.


Geoffrey Wellum, DFC.