“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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These men, as young as 18, flew one of the fastest and deadliest aircraft at the time and many didn’t make it through the campaign or ljght their first mission.

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Dec 17, Mike Pinter rated it it was amazing. For the sheer thrill of learning to fly look no further than this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Paul Foster lignt it it was amazing Sep 02, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Refresh and try again. Geoffrey, known as Boy to his comrades, was a good dealyounger than most. Memories from Fighter Command.

Sep 27, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: H This is a fkrst compelling book. Justin Portess rated it it was amazing Sep 08, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The author has a great story to tell and relates it with real vividness. Add both to Cart Add both to List. He is honest about his faults, and describes weloum removal from combat twice without glossing over or ending the book prior to those events.


At the end of July, he was detailed to command a flight of eight Spitfires from the aircraft carrier HMS Furious, sailing from the Clyde to the Mediterranean, and land them on the besieged island of Malta.

Thank you, Mr Wellum, for your life and for your book.

Because it combines two things in a quite extraordinary manner. View all 5 comments.

His autobiography of the period between and called “First Light: Share your thoughts with other customers. Return to Book Page. That’s right, stop reading this review right now and go and get hold of First Light however you can: Learning of his death earlier in July saddened me more than the news of other WW2 veterans.

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! He claimed a Heinkel He shot down welkum 11 September, and a quarter share in a Junkers Ju 88 downed on 27 September Gun Button to Fire: At 18 years old, Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot on 92 squadron at the start of The Battle of Britain. Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum. He joined the local choir, and eventually became deputy harbourmaster. I enjoyed this very much.

The technical detail of flying a Spitfire is well described and the tension of air battles is clearly derived from personal experience.

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D-Day and the Battle for Normandy “A remarkable book, amazingly fresh, honest, and modest. This is a great story and in finishing I would like to add the following comment from a great historian about this book: Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terr.

This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat Feb 28, Russel Henderson rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. This is a great book about the author’s experience as a Spitfire pilot during WWII, from fresh faced 19 year old to seasoned pilot, Flight Commander, fighting in the Battle of Britain, and in lifting the siege of Malta. There are no discussion lkght on this book yet.

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D Holmes rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Firs this feature helpful? I then remembered that I read his book some years back. Mr John Pitchers rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Wellum, and for your retelling of same. Excellent first hand account of ‘boys’ battle of Britain experiences as a very young fighter pilot. Its a wonderful tribute to the bravery, camaraderie and sacrifice of a previous generation.

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.