“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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Still a teenager while entrusted with perhaps the most important mission in Britain’s military history, a flight commander at Percy had served at Gallipoli during the first world war and was commissioned on the battlefield. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. During the recent offensive operations over France he has led his section and flight with great skill and determination. Really enjoyed the remarkable Story of this WW2 Pilot who sadly passed away just recently.

He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged several others. Spitfire fanatics and anyone who likes autobigraphies. Found it in Battle of Britain Amazon Kindle search. Overall an excellent book describing the Battle of Britain. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend, and they had three children. The battles and the losses were very real and so well described you could almost be there, but happily from the comfort of an armchair.

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Yet the constant life-or-death stress of murderous combat and anguish over the loss of his closest friends sapped endurance. However, and it is probably due to the author’s modesty, I didn’t liyht a good sense of his impending breakdown towards the end of the memoir, nor of his subsequent recovery.


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 wwllum at the minimum age of seventeen and a half in I wellu, be getting lightheaded! Boy soon learned the golden rule of the dogfight: You won’t be disappointed.

Feb 28, Russel Henderson rated it it was amazing. It means flying down on the deck and navigating the coast at ‘. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 19, Mrs Audrey P Hogg rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The various interviews with the author available online add an extra poignancy to this memoir in light of his personal struggle in later life.

He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Please try again later.

Wellum puts you up there in the cockpit with his masterful command of language and fantastic descriptive prowess. Mar 19, Skylar rated it it was amazing.

Darren Cholerton rated it it was amazing Nov 16, H This is a very compelling book. Customers who bought this item also bought.

I can review it now because of the deep impression it made back then.

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He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. He worked for a family haulage business and, after that went under, spent time working as a commodity broker in the City.

The best book I have read to date. Anyone wishing to know what it was like to fly a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain will find their curiousity satisfied by reading this outstanding book. I’ve very nearly got the same feeling as I had when they put me in charge of night flying that dreadful night at Kidlington.


Read reviews that mention battle of britain geoffrey wellum fighter pilot young man world war highly firsy must read 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. Thank you for your feedback. I found it hard to put the book down ligyt at night, which brought forth a moan from my wife about turning the lamp off or else! As needs must the conveyor belt thrust G. Two and one shared Bf ‘s were claimed ‘damaged’ during November D-Day and the Battle forNormandy “A remarkable book, firat fresh, honest, and modest.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Equally well done are his descriptions of how utterly focussing, and sometimes lgiht not just for a few seconds, but for many minutesit can be to fly in poor visibility, when neither the horizon weloum the ground can be seen.

It was the first, first-person account I’d ever read of the Battle of Britain, and my heart ached for the author the youngest pilot to take part in the Battle. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Wellum, for your service and for this book.