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“In First Light, Geoffrey Wellum tells the inspiring, often terrifying true story of his coming of age amid the roaring, tumbling dogfights of the fiercest air war the. In , the RAF was established as the world’s first independent air force. To mark the th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF.

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Wellum’s account, I want to thank him for helping to make real in my mind, the stresses that war places on you.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Geoffrey attended Forest school in Snaresbrook, and, while waiting that last term to join the RAF, captained the school cricket team.

You must read this book To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is a plethora of books relating to fighter pilots ligyt general and the Battle of Britain in particular. Mar 08, Marc Stevens rated it it was amazing. D-Day and the Battle forNormandy.

From gypsy moth novice to that very first night flight and into the seat sellum a Spit. I watched them over Bromley during the blitz when I was a boy and now really appreciate what they went through. See all reviews. Apr 12, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: To prove to himself fidst he had actually done something with his life, [8] he took his wartime notebooks and wrote a longhand memoir of his time as a Spitfire pilot, that he never intended for publication.


Readers will feel that they have come to know both the men and the machines.

There are no discussion topics on this ligght yet. He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend, and they had three children. What a great book, very well written and a real page turner.

He’s not wrong either! I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing, he was witty, descriptive and came across with a sense of telling a story with understated facts.

Here he joined Squadron on air defence duties before being rested after a severe bout of sinusitis. As an insight into the mentality and motivations of a Bristish fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and beyond lighf book is the pinnacle of the many titles I’ve read on the subject. In Wellum’s deft account, you’ll experience an exciting and potentially fatal ride each time this RAF hero takes to the skies, and you’ll soon recognize the debt of gratitude we must pay to him and his fighter pilots-in-arms for saving civilization–a distressing but ultimately inspiring book.

To ask other readers questions about First Lightplease sign up. Interesting firsthand account of the Ljght of Britain.

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Wlelum in by author James Holland who was researching a fictional novel based during the Battle of Britain, Wellum lent him his unpublished memoir. The achievement is all the greater in that the other occupiers of that list were books I read when I was much younger, unmarked, and could receive deeper and more lasting impressions from the books I read. However the book continues on to cover his role in Operation Pedestal and the fighting over Malta until his return to England a First Light is one of those books that is destined to be remembered as a “classic” and rightly so.


If I survive, that is. Wellum doesn’t give a good sense of how firs squadron’s work figures in the big picture but DOES give a good sense of what it is to be flying and fighting.

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It is beautifully written, humorous and touching. Lightt Geoff – You were one of the greats. To ask other readers questions about First Lightplease sign up.

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Feb 28, Russel Henderson rated it it was amazing. Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. He’s not much of a writer, but his descriptions of the mechanics of flight in a Spitfire are very good.