Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest pilot to serve in the Battle of Britain. He has passed away aged 96. He was lucky enough to survive the battle and the war and has been a great ambassador for those less fortunate.
This is from his excellent book 'First Light':
"I stretched out ... on the ... bed and broke down. I grieved for my lost friends in the squadron and I cursed that I had reached the pinnacle of my life before the age of 22. I'd gone over the top. A medal and a royal handshake didn't seem important any more. Two full tours on Spitfires, the Battle of Britain and nearly one hundred escorts and fighter sweeps over occupied France and I felt destroyed by the war"
Geoffrey did recover in time but this is the effect that battle had on the pilots. Sadly we also recently lost Tom Neil and only a handful of these brave chaps now remain. They and their comrades should all be remembered with gratitude for a long time to come.