Unveiling of a plaque to Geoffrey Bullen

Rotarian James Lee, the owner of the Historic Hanse House in King's Lynn has erected a plaque and three model Spitfire aeroplanes in memory of a long serving and enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club of King's Lynn who died in 2014.

Rotarian James Lee, the owner of the Historic Hanse House in King's Lynn has erected a plaque and three model Spitfire aeroplanes in memory of a long serving and enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club of King's Lynn who died in 2014.

 

Geoffrey Bullen was the No1. (first) Cadet to sign up with the King's Lynn Air Training Corps and went on to become a Squadron Leader in the wartime R.A.F.  and later in the R.A.F Reserve flying Spitfires and Valiant jets.

His impressive wartime record included training American Pilots in Arizona, USA, dropping supplies to the Resistance fighters in Norway, Denmark and Holland, towing gliders in operation Overlord and until 1970 was Commanding Officer of 617 Gliding Sqadron

 

James (virtually half of Geoffrey's age) struck up a bond of friendship with the Club's most senior member over several years during which (despite Geoffrey's modesty) he gleaned details of the veteran's wartime exploits and felt that following Geoffrey's death (age 92) in 2014, some permanent recognition of his life would be appropriate.

 

An opportunity presented itself in 2015 when a trail of 20 Spitfires was organised around King's Lynn and James aqcuired one naming it "Geoffrey Bullen" and displayed it at the Hanse House.

 

There are now 3 Spitfire models adjacent to the plaque at the Hanse House - a fitting tribute to a highly respected Rotarians and member of the community.

 

Mrs Margaret Bullen unveiled the plaque and her son Andy gave a brief history of his father's wartime activies to a gathering of members of the Air Training Corps, friends, family, acquaintances and Rotarians.