he trained just up the road from me at Little Rissington
I read his book a few times, the chapter about night flying made me realise just how difficult it was, and the local church proves testament to that with its rows of white headstones
When you read the book you also realise the enormous cost that that "nonchalant attitude" cost them. He was the youngest BoB pilot at 17, he told them he was 18. The strain of what he went through came back in spades when he was sent to Malta; all of which he honestly told in his book.
I read his book many years ago and his experiences were remarkable for someone at such a young age. In a society when the word "hero" is now so vastly over-used, he truly was a hero in every sense of the word.
As rampant mentioned Wing Cmdr Tom Neil passed on earlier in the month and in his Obit they said (DT) he was one of the last two aces of the battle of britain, so Geoffrey is probably the last both interestingly went onto serve in Malta.
That said they were still finding First War veterans after Harry Patch and Allingham passed away and pundits were saying they were the last!
Wrote a very fine book about his WW2 life and it must have been one of the first books I read (by a pilot) which made me realize that aerial combat wasn't such "good stuff, tally ho" in the grizzly light of day.