“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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In today’s military, student pilots wouldn’t be allowed near an airplane until completeing four years of college. First Light is a fabulous account of the day to day life of a spitfire pilot during The Battle of Britain.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This book is fantastic!! Aug 19, Mrs Audrey P Hogg rated it it was amazing. Aug 02, Graham Carter rated it it was amazing. The couple divorced inand six years later he relocated to Mullion on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

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Finally in Malta, he succumbs to combat fatigue that’s deep enough that a chronic sinusitus makes him unfit for flying. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Views Read Edit View history.

fisrt Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Pages describe weellum dogfight in detail. He downplayed his own role during the Battle of Britain and I was really hooked on the narrative as it moved along at a cracking pace. Combine this with his accounts of aerial battle the reader will finish wanting more.


As needs must the conveyor belt thrust G. Aged 18, in springLigght was posted to 92 Squadron — and it was then that he encountered, and flew, a Spitfire for the first time. Refresh and try again. You can almost smell the oil and gasoline, cough due to the black exhaust discharging from the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, and wince at the deafening sounds of the whirling propeller on the British Supermarine Spitfire as Geoff Willum takes you into the cockpit of his fighter aircraft to do battle with the “Hun” in airborne combat 20, feet in the air over southeastern England in the Battle of Cirst.

When pilots write, and write well, as many have, they recreate for us their experiences on the ground and in the air relating to flight, not just fighting.

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Wellum personal insights into the reality of the conflict are terrifying and also very moving. D-Day and the Battle forNormandy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In particular, while reading the chapter in which Mr. Aug 26, Malissa Mcdermott rated it it was amazing Recommends firzt for: Jul 31, Peter Batty rated it it was amazing.

What a great book, very well written and a real page turner. Wellum’s account, I want to thank him for helping firts make real in my mind, the stresses that war places on you. My goodness when was that? In his fervor to fly, he gave little thought to the coming war. Jan 23, Timothy and Lynney Graves rated it it was amazing. H This is a very compelling book.

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Start reading First Light on your Kindle in under a minute. A Bf was claimed shot down [by Wellum] on 9 July over France. It is the way he takes his tea He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend, and they had three children.

But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return. I found it hard to put the book down late at night, which brought forth a moan from my wife about turning the lamp off or else!

This gentleman wrote mumble mumble The battles and the losses were very real and so well described you could almost be there, but happily from the comfort of an armchair.

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He was posted to an operational training unit and did not return to squadron service until Februarywhen he became a flight commander dellum 65 Squadron, at Great Sampford in Essex. Really enjoyed the remarkable Story of this WW2 Pilot who sadly passed away just recently.

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