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R A (Wimpy) Wellington left his farm in Brazil on the outbreak of the Second World War to join the Royal Air Force. After bomber pilot training, he joined 106 Squadron flying Lancasters before moving to 83 Pathfinder Squadron. On completion of his quota of sixty missions he carried out ‘flag flying’ lecture tours in North and South America before becoming Air Attache in wartime Lisbon. All these experiences are well recorded in this memoir.
He received the Distinguished Service Order, Order of the British Empire and Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Brazilian Order of Rio Branco, a Polish medal awarded by Polish ex-servicemen and became a honorary member of the Polish Combatants Association.
He returned to Brazil in 1946 to farm before joining the Foreign Office. He wrote The Brazilians: How They Live and Work (David and Charles, 1974) and contributed financial articles. He died in 1992.