“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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By September his time with 92 Squadron had come to an end, and he was tired. Combine this with his accounts of aerial battle the reader will finish wanting more. Wellum joins the R.
Firstly, it is the memoir of a boy growing into manhood while liggt Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Aug 01, Neil Funsch rated it really liked it Shelves: As good as it gets, and I’ve read many examples of this genre.
Want to Read saving…. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I must be getting ligh Well this is a classic tale of courage and camaraderie in dark times. He finished the war as a gunnery instructor, staying in the RAF, first as a staff officer in West Germanyfollowed by a four-year tour with Squadron.
It is a delight to read. There are many more people than you may realize liht are grateful for what you have written. Simpson rated it really liked it.
To prove to himself that he had actually done something with his life,  he took his wartime notebooks and wrote a longhand memoir of his time as a Spitfire pilot, that he never intended for publication. This story, written in the first person, is a page-turner and you are the pilot author.
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Paul Foster rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Thanks ever so much for your service, Virst. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terr. Feb 27, L. However the book continues on fiest 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.
Approached in by author James Holland who was researching a fictional novel based during the Battle of Britain, Wellum lent him his unpublished memoir. This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. What a great work! He died aged 96 on Wednesday 18th July That’s right, stop reading this review right now and go and get hold of First Light however you can: Memories from Fighter Command.
No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a wonderful book of a young man who joined the Royal Air Force before the start of World War Two and who later fought during the Battle of Britain and survived.
This book is fantastic!! Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Mr Wellum has a wonderful way of telling a story and you can easily picture the details as you read his narrative.
That summer Wellum was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Russell Kershaw rated it it was amazing Aug 17, A pleasure to read! Jul 22, John rated it it was amazing. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.
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What, you mean you haven’t bought it yet? However, and it is probably due to the author’s modesty, I didn’t get a good sense of his impending breakdown towards the end of the memoir, nor of wllum subsequent recovery.
This is his beautifully and candidly written account of what it felt like to be part of a fighter squadron and to fly a Spitfire, the camaraderie, fear, confusion and excitement of flying and fighting, which eventually led to combat fatigue.