Bat­tle of Bri­tain

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RCAF. Wing 424 Corn­wall District, ( 240 Wa­ter St. West) is hold­ing the 69th Com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, on Sun­day Sept. 13, 2009 at 2 p. m. where Wing Com­man­der Ge­off Yapp BSc RAF will be the guest speaker. All are wel­come!

Wing Com­man­der Ge­off Yapp was born near Lon­don in 1958 and joined the RAF in 1978. The first half of his RAF ca­reer was spent as an air de­fence nav­i­ga­tor on a va­ri­ety of RAF fighter fly­ing ap­point­ments, and fol­low­ing two MoD tours around Lon­don he has since served in over­seas staff tours with NATO and the USAF.

Op­er­a­tional and in­struc­tional fly­ing tours on F-4 Phan­tom sqns in Eng­land, Scot­land and Ger­many in­volved de­ploy­ment to As­cen­sion Is­land and the Falk­land Is­lands in 1982, sup­port of the Gulf War in 1991 and 6 months in Cal­i­for­nia in 1984 ac­cept­ing and de­liv­er­ing the RAF’s F-4J( UK) s. When RAF Wilden­rath was closed in 1992 and its Phan­toms scrapped Ge­off moved south for a sea­son as the com­man­der of the RAF’s Win­ter Sur­vival School in Bavaria.

In 1992 he re­turned to Eng­land for two back-to-back tours in pro­cure­ment sup­port of what are now the Typhoon, JCA and Fu­ture Car­rier pro­grammes and the re­search for their through life up­date tech­nolo­gies.

Ge­off was posted to the NATO Joint Com­mand North in Sta­vanger, Nor­way in 1998, ini­tially in the air op­er­a­tions branch, but af­ter pro­mo­tion to Wing Com­man­der in 2000 in the ex­er­cise and train­ing branch with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­tro­duc­tion to NATO of the for­mer Soviet Baltic States. Th­ese were tur­bu­lent years in the Balkans and Ge­off de­ployed twice, firstly as an air LNO to the Ro­ma­nian AOC in Ti­mosoira, and then with the rest of the Sta­vanger HQ to Pristina in Kosovo where he was KFOR li­ai­son of­fi­cer to the Pre­sevo Val­ley ne­go­ti­a­tions in Ser­bia.

An­other NATO tour, this time at the Air Com­po­nent HQ in Ram­stein Ger­many fol­lowed in 2003, where Ge­off was the chief of the air plans branch. Shortly af­ter his ar­rival Ram­stein was charged with de­vel­op­ing an air plan for ISAF in Afghanistan and over the next 3 years Ge­off led the large multi-na­tional plan­ning teams with nu­mer­ous trips into the­atre and around the world, in­clud­ing a 4 month tour as the Mil­i­tary As­sis­tant to the ISAF Deputy Com­man­der in Kabul.

In 2006 the Yapp fam­ily moved to El­men­dorf AFB, Alaska in the RAF ex­change of­fi­cer post to NORAD’s Alaska Com­mand, where Ge­off held op­er­a­tional duty as the chief of com­bat op­er­a­tions in the NORAD AOC, and also dou­bled as the head of the train­ing and ex­er­cise branch. He left An­chor­age in May 2009 to travel over­land to Ottawa where Ge­off took up his new post as Naval and Air Ad­vi­sor to the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion.

Wing Com­man­der Yapp is mar­ried to Carol, an ex-RAF of­fi­cer her­self. They have three sons, Chris who is in his last year at Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­sity, and James and Alexan­der who are at school in Ottawa.

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