“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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Want to Read saving…. What a great book, very well written and a real page turner. His description of flying back to base in bad weather is worth the cost of the book by itself. Equally well done are his descriptions of how utterly focussing, and sometimes frightening not just for a few seconds, but for many minutesit can be to fly in poor visibility, when neither the horizon nor the ground liht be seen.

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This is his beautifully and candidly written account of what it felt like to be part of a fighter wfllum and to fly a Spitfire, the camaraderie, fear, confusion and excitement of flying and fighting, which eventually led to wellumm fatigue.

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 his subsequent recovery. See all customer images.

Robert Hall rated it it was amazing Oct 01, 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. Two and one shared Bf ‘s were claimed ‘damaged’ during November Trout streams, water meadows, waders, fast-flowing water, the pretty barmaid at the inn.

In hisfervor to fly, he gave little thought to the coming war. The author has a great story to tell and relates it with real vividness. Found it in Battle of Britain Amazon Kindle search. It’s got a very thin stripe on the sleeve as well, just to finish things off No trivia or quizzes yet. Get to Know Us.


Goodreads lightt you keep track of books you want to read. A wonderful insight into the life of the Battle of Britain pilots from one who sadly departed recently.

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Extraordinary direct writing straight from the shoulder Deeply personal in a way I have seldom ffirst across before. Thomas Page rated it really liked it Aug 23, His first commanding officer was Roger Bushelllater immortalised in The Great Escape[4] and his close colleagues included Brian Kingcome.

I could not put it down. Mar 19, Skylar rated it it was amazing. He worked for a family haulage business and, after that went under, spent time working as a commodity broker in the City.

In his fervor to fly, he gave little thought to the coming firsy. View all 5 comments. The various interviews with the author available online add an extra poignancy to this memoir in light of his personal struggle in later life. Thank you for your feedback. These men, as young as 18, flew one of the fastest and deadliest wfllum at the time and many didn’t make it through the campaign or even their first mission.

Return to Book Page. 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.

I shall never forget May and June It is the record of humanity staring into the great unknown that awaits and asking, ‘Did I live in vain?

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It is the story of an idealistic schoolboy who couldn’t believe his luck when the RAF agreed to take him on as a “pupil pilot” at the minimum age fitst seventeen and a half in But First Light has broken through the dull accretions, and the dullening, of age.

Paul Foster rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Firstly, this book has moved, in a single reading, into my top five favourite books of all time. To ask other readers questions about First Lightplease sign up. Thank you, Mr Wellum, for your life and for your book. Published May 1st by Penguin Books Ltd. Aug 02, Graham Carter rated it it was amazing. It tells us his story of first becoming a pilot and being chosen among others to become one of the finest pilots who flew the spitfire.

It touches the heart, it is a true and honest account of a Veteran Pilot who served his country throughout the 2nd world war as a heroic pilot. His recollections give a clear account of the day to day existence of those who fought and died. Wellum doesn’t give a good sense of how his squadron’s work figures in the big picture but DOES give a good sense of what it is to libht flying and fighting. Boy soon learned the golden rule of the dogfight: I will stop logging books as being read and just hold off until complete.

This story, written in the first person, is a page-turner and you are the pilot author. The blurb is completely correct, you really are up there in the clouds with him, reacting to a far of glint below Sep 21, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Shelves: