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The Airmen's Stories - Sub/Lt.(FAA) G G R Bulmer


Geoffrey Gordon Robson Bulmer was born on 5th January 1920, the son of Leslie Thomas Bulmer (1893-1970) and Mabel Ada Bulmer (nee Hussey 1896-1996).

The family was from Bradford in Yorkshire.

He joined the Fleet Air Arm in July 1939, going to HMS President at Greenwich and later to HMS Frobisher and HMS St Vincent.

On 9th October 1939 Bulmer was posted to HMS Pembroke and did his elementary flying training at 24 E&RFTS Belfast.



Bulmer went to 7 FTS Peterborough on 11th December 1939 and gained his wings there on 14th March 1940. On 26th May he was posted to Eastleigh for a fighter course and deck-landing training. He was one of the naval pilots attached to the RAF on 15th June 1940.

After converting to Hurricanes at 7 OTU Hawarden Bulmer joined 32 Squadron at Biggin Hilll on 1st July.

He was shot down by Oblt. Priller in combat off Dover on 20th July 1940. He baled out into the sea but was drowned. His Hurricane, N2670, may have crashed at Lydden.

Bulmer is commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at Lee-on-Solent (below).



The roads at a Biggin Hill housing development were named after Battle of Britain airmen killed in action and Bulmer was one of these (below).




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