“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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That summer Wellum was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. For example, Wellum’s descriptions of learning to fly are lengthy, detailed, and utterly absorbing. Here inbeing the 70th anniversary of the Battle wellim Britain, Geoffrey Wellum was featured on a t.

He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend, firsy they had three children. He’s not much of a writer, but his descriptions of the mechanics of flight in a Spitfire are very good. He was posted to an operational training unit and did not return to squadron service until Februarywhen he became a flight commander with 65 Squadron, at Great Sampford in Essex.

Thomas Page rated it really liked it Aug 23, I shall never forget May and June However, if you want a first-person account of fiest fighter pilot this is your book. But the time with 65 Squadron and at Malta takes only 2 chapters at the end of the book.

Jul 22, John rated it it was amazing. He went on to be a Flight Commander with 65 Squadron, then ferried a Spitfire to Malta and spent time there on combat patrols defending the island and attacking Sicily. This is a very compelling book. Paul Foster rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Robert Hall rated it it was amazing Oct 01, RIP Geoff – You were one of the greats.


Yvonne Sparrow rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Within ten months of leaving school he found himself embroiled in the Battle of Britain. The most memorable aspects of this memoir for me were the sense of serene freedom enjoyed by the author whilst in the air during the pre-operational part of his training, the quiet but deep bonds of friendship between the author and his fellow pilots and the moments of humour expressed in snappy prose and quoted speech.

Oct 25, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the greatest Weellum pilot’s memoirs. Paula Jones rated it it was amazing Aug 29, First Light Wellum book. A L McLean rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Jan 22, Simon rated it it was amazing.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Absolutely riveting and deeply moving from start to finish. That’s right, stop reading this review right now and go and get hold of First Light however you can: To prove to himself that 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.

As good as it gets, and I’ve read many examples of this genre. These are his memoires of that time. Jul 31, Peter Batty rated it it was amazing. For Wellum and his comrades the intensity eased, as Spitfires were unsatisfactory nightfighters, and the squadron moved into winter quarters at Manston in Kent.

However the book continues on to cover his role in Operation Pedestal and the fighting over Malta until his return to England as a tired and worn out pilot. I am in awe of the bravery of the fighter pilots and felt greatly relieved when they made it back to base. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


First Light (Penguin World War II Collection)

This is what makes First Light so exceptional: Learning of his death earlier in July saddened me more than the news of other WW2 veterans. Well, let me tell you why you should. Great book, bought initially for research into my own novel, but i quickly warmed to the writers easy going style. His instructors, his squadron mates, and the aircraft they flew are captured very convincingly.

Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terr. Trivia About First Light. His description of ligbt back to base in bad weather is worth the cost of the book by itself.

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He fought in the greatest battle for freedom ever in Europe, Facing odds weellum 4 to 1 ,these 18 year olds fought and died in the skies of britain and france.

Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. Aug 01, Neil Funsch rated it really liked it Shelves: Royal Air Force Firet obituaries.

I enjoyed this very much. Geoffrey Wellum takes you into the cockpit with him and you share the joy, pain, and anxieties of mastering the intricacies of Tiger Moths, Harvards and Spitfires. This is an account that anyone who has an interest in WW2 aviation will be delighted in.

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