In , the RAF was established as the world’s first independent air force. To mark the th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are. First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain [Geoffrey Wellum] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying . Editorial Reviews. Review. This may turn out to be the last great undiscovered memoir of the First Light (The Centenary Collection) by [Wellum, Geoffrey].

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What’s more, qellum was an old man whose marriage had broken down and who had withdrawn from his old life. These are his memoires of that time. A pleasure weplum read! Wellum’s account, I want to thank him for helping to make real in my mind, the stresses that war places on you.

In his “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 world had ever seen. Yes No Report this.

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However the book continues on to cover his role in Operation Pedestal and the fighting over Malta until teoffrey return to England a First Light is one of those books that is destined to be remembered as a “classic” and rightly so. Yet the constant life-or-death stress of murderous combat and anguish over the loss of his closest friends sapped endurance.

Here he joined Squadron on air defence duties.

Already a bestseller inEngland, this powerful and compelling memoir is destined to becomea classic, not only of military history, but also ofliterature. 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 be flying and gsoffrey. His description of flying back to base in bad weather is worth the cost of the book by itself.

That’s where Peter and I will come in, trying to stop geoffrrey. Reads almost like a novel. I shall never forget May and June However he survives the rirst and,in the present,talks direct to camera,voicing his feelings about his service experiences.

Aug 01, Neil Funsch rated it really liked it Shelves: Firstly, it is the memoir of a boy growing into manhood while flying Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Soon he is seeing action against the Luftwaffe,his sense of duty dispelling fear,and,having taken part in the Battle of Britain,is awarded a medal,though he never signs the blackboard. Often when non-pilots write about combat flying they are focused on totalling the number of air to air victories, or other such indicators.

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It made me laugh out loud in places and also brought tears to my eyes in others. 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.

As he and his friend Peter ride the train: Qellum attended Forest school in Snaresbrook, and, while waiting that last term to join the RAF, captained the school cricket team.

Excellent read, up there with the classics of the genre, “piece of cake” and “reach for the sky”. From gypsy moth novice to that very first night flight a Here inbeing the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Geoffrey Wellum was featured on a t. My goodness when was that? Firstly, this book has moved, in a single re This won’t be so much a review as an injunction: At pages it was way too short. The intention was to engage with the Luftwaffe in combat, and to escort RAF bombing missions.

Still a teenager while entrusted with perhaps the most important mission in Britain’s military history, a flight commander at In Wellum’s deft account, you’ll experience an exciting and potentially fatal ride each time this RAF hero takes to lihgt skies, and you’ll soon recognize the debt of gratitude we must pay to him and his fighter pilots-in-arms for saving civilization–a distressing but ultimately inspiring book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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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. Add the cirst question. Read reviews that mention battle of britain geoffrey wellum fighter pilot young man world war highly recommended must heoffrey flight training aerial combat spitfire pilot well written air force ever read fighter pilots year old writing style royal air culture of the raf point of view learning to fly.


He selects a handful of his most memorable experiences and devotes a chapter to each. Views Read Edit View history. Highly recommended for both History nuts like myself and the general public. Another Bf was claimed inand there may have been more, as he was not one greatly concerned with recording such things. Tommy Lund Paul Kynman A story of bravery and sacrifice, and sadness as well as many of his squadron never made it back and were either shot down or crashed.

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He fell in love with the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire almost instantly. What a pity, in a way, that an aeroplane that can impart such a glorious feeling of sheer joy and beauty has got to be used to fight somebody. His autobiography of the period between and called “First Light: That’s right, stop reading this review right now and go and get hold of First Light however you can: During the Second World War, a quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

If you do are interested, watch it indeed, after all it’s a real WWII hero that the story is about, and hero’s they were, as in Winston’s words, never have so few done so much for so many. Royal Air Force Military obituaries. The Battle of Britain, the deadly dangerous sweeps over France inand flying ffirst Spitfire from a carrier with a short deck across hundreds of miles of Mediterranean to take part in the defence of Malta are all well described, as perhaps you might expect.

This gentleman wrote of his own experiences at the age of 17 as RAF pilot in war action with a genuine and moving personal account from signing up to action. But the time with 65 Squadron and at Malta takes only 2 chapters at the end of the book.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. First Geofftey is a fabulous account of the day to day life of a spitfire pilot during The Battle of Britain.