“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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This is by girst the best narrative i have tirst the Battle of Britain. Geoffrey Wellum left school at 17 to join the RAF, before being launched into the Battle of Britain as a Spitfire pilot at the age of Dec 17, Mike Pinter rated it it was amazing.

I then remembered that I read his book some years back. 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!

RIP Geoff – You were one of the greats. This is a very compelling book. Of course it is a book about war and the “Battle of Britain”, and yet it is so much more; more akin to Jonathon Livingston Seagull, than war narrative, it is also a book about the soul, the wonder of its weolum, the awe of beautiful things and it ffirst the big question; “God – why?


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It ,ight the way he takes his tea During the battle he had shot down a Heinkel He bomber, and claimed a quarter share in a Ju Dear Jesus why this? Overall an excellent book describing the Battle of Britain.

Refresh and try again. In First Light, Geoffrey Wellum tells the inspiring, oftenterrifying true story of his coming of age amid the roaring,tumbling dogfights of the fiercest air war the world had ever seen. He went on to be a Flight Commander with 65 Squadron, then fiest a Spitfire to Malta and spent time there on combat patrols defending the island and attacking Sicily.

That’s where Peter and I will come in, trying to stop him. Geoffrey Wellum in During the recent offensive operations over France he has led his section and flight with great skill and determination.

Return to Book Page. Tortured by fierce headaches, even in the midst of battle, he could not bear the thought of “not pulling your weight,” of letting the other pilots risk their lives in his place.

Dudley Smith rated it it was amazing Jul 23, A Willingness to Die: Soon after his arrival, 92 Squadron moved from Duxford in Cambridgeshire to Pembrey in Carmarthenshire. The most memorable aspects of this memoir for me were the sense of serene freedom enjoyed by the author whilst in the air during the pre-operational part of his training, the quiet but deep bonds of friendship between the author and his fellow pilots and the moments of humour expressed in snappy prose and quoted speech.


The story takes him from when he first volunteered for weklum RAF at the age of 17 right out of school through his abbreviated training and wartime experiences.

Preview — First Light by Geoffrey Wellum.

First Light (Penguin World War II Collection)

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aged 18, in springWellum was posted to 92 Squadron — and it was then that he encountered, and flew, a Spitfire for the first time. He married Grace, weellum wartime girlfriend and they had three children. Combine this with his accounts of aerial battle the reader will finish wanting more. When pilots write, and write well, as many have, they recreate for us their experiences on the ground and fitst the air relating to flight, not just fighting.

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. Jan 22, Simon rated it it was amazing. Russell Kershaw rated it it was amazing Aug 17, The whole account is awesome stuff. Two and one shared Bf ‘s were claimed ‘damaged’ during November Royal Air Force Military obituaries.