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Welford, George H. E., 1916-1996


Biographical Note

George Henry Ettrick Welford was born in London on December 9, 1916. His family lived in India during his early years although Welford returned to the United Kingdom to attend school in Norfolk.

Welford joined 607 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force, Royal Air Force (RAF) on January 9, 1938. He was commissioned in May 1939 and called to full-time service on August 24, 1939. After training, Welford re-joined 607 Squadron in June 1940.

On August 5, 1940, Welford participated in aerial combat and claimed one enermy aircraft destroyed and another damaged. On September 15, 1940 he helped destroy another enemry aircraft and 2 days later, he was shot down sustaining slight wounds. He rejoined the 607 Squadron on October 20, 1940.

Welford then spent time instructing new pilots. He instructed from February 1941 through April 1944. Welford was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Squadron Leader.

Post-war he worked as an engineer for Coates Cottons. Welford died October 6, 1996.


Biography derived from collection materials and “The Airmen's Stories - P/O G H E Welford.” Battle of Britain London Monument - P/O G H E Welford. Accessed December 31, 2019.

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George H. E. Welford Battle of Britain Collection

Identifier: 2011-02-18
Contents of the Collection The George H. E. Welford Battle of Britain Collection is comprised of textual and visual material, including log books, a photograph, scrapbooks, and photocopied documents, relating to Welford's service as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot during World War II and in the Battle of Britain. Materials are dated 1938-1945, 1990-1996 with the bulk of the materials being 1938-1945. The collection contains two pilot's log books used by Welford, 1938-1945. Entries typically include information...

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