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Sqn Leader GHA Wellum DFC RIP

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Sqn Leader GHA Wellum DFC RIP

Old 12th Aug 2018, 19:28
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Originally Posted by Timelord View Post
Does anyone know where GWs final resting place is? I will be in Cornwall soon and would like to pay my respects.
His final resting place will be with all his fellow pilots and airman who fought so gallantly for our freedom in that summer of 1940. RIP sir.
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Old 13th Aug 2018, 13:00
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Originally Posted by Ken Scott View Post
Piqued by curiosity I had a rummage through some old boxes & found the reference in the 50th anniversary edition of Air Clues published in 1996. The ac captain in the incident was Flt Lt GHA Wellum so it was indeed the same man. Whilst feathering the No 1 engine during an air test it failed to feather & caught fire due to a loose nut on the feathering pipe line adaptor allowing oil to spray out when operated. Subsequently disciplinary action would be taken against the JNCO responsible for the error.

Happily the fire was successfully extinguished and Wellum returned to base at low speed due to the windmilling prop & landed on 3 engines without further incident.

The 1957 Wg Cdr Spry said 'The captain showed a high standard of airmanship' but it doesn't say that he received any award though. The events took place during his 4 years on 192 Sqn.
Any chance you could scan and post that article please Ken?
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Old 13th Aug 2018, 15:21
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Farewell to another of the modest Few to whom we all owe so much. RIP Sir.
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