“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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Although there is an aching sense that Wellum himself is unsure of the answer, to the reader there is no doubt: The various interviews with the author available online add an extra poignancy to firt memoir in light of his personal struggle in later life. 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. Already a bestseller inEngland, this powerful and compelling memoir is destined to becomea classic, not only of military history, firsg also ofliterature.

This is definitely one of my favorites. Wendy Ann Simon rated it it was amazing Jul 23, See all reviews. Something for those of us who have lived in peaceful times to think about. While these stories have been told many times before Wellum’s honesty gives this reader a strong connection with the man and his motivations and likely those of others Wellum captures and contrasts the humour of the time with the cost of the stresses it masked. First Light brings to life just one small welluk of WW2, but it does so in a way that I’ll gladly read it again.


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Geoffrey Wellum

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. There are many more people than you may realize who are grateful for ljght you have written. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Geoffrey Wellum, who has died aged 96, was the author of one of the most gripping personal accounts of aerial warfare ever written.

When interviewed many years later by Michael Parkinson, Parkinson asked him about how the pressure of playing top-level cricket, to which Miller gave the immortal, and precise, answer: From the Inside Flap “Never welluum the field of human conflict was so much owed by so manyto so welluum. Although he wrote it years later without referring to a personal journal since he had not kept one the experiences are like a fresh recounting of some recent event.

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Percy had served at Gallipoli during the first world war and was commissioned on the battlefield. This is one of the finest first lgiht narratives about combat flying I have ever read.

Anyone wishing to know what it was like to fly a Spitfire in the Battle welluk Britain will find their curiousity satisfied by reading this outstanding book. This then is yet another milestone in my life. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. He married Grace, his wartime girlfriend and they had three children.

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

He was posted to an operational training unit and did not return to squadron service until Februarywhen he became a flight commander with 65 Squadron, at Great Sampford in Essex. This would probably be more adequately expressed in the third person by a biographer.


These are his memoires of that time. He died aged 96 on Wednesday 18th July He captures the atmosphere of flight schools, and the feeling of students – the uncertainty, fear, exhilaration, and the reality of trainees sometimes dying.

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Aug 26, Malissa Mcdermott rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: How has it managed to do this? Aged 18, in springWellum was posted to 92 Squadron — and it was then that he encountered, and flew, a Spitfire for the first time. Really enjoyed the remarkable Story of this WW2 Pilot who sadly passed away just recently. First Light is the record of an old man looking back on his life and asking the question of whether that life was worthwhile.

Because it combines two things in a furst extraordinary manner. I watched them over Bromley during the blitz when I was a boy and now really appreciate what they went through.

Topics Second world war. It is a delight to read. Its a wonderful wellumm to the bravery, camaraderie and sacrifice of a previous generation. Royal Air Force Military obituaries. Jill Morley rated it it was amazing Aug 20, His autobiography of the period between and called “First Light: D-Day and the Battle forNormandy.

A Bf was claimed shot down [by Wellum] on 9 July over France. He’s not wrong either! Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Robert Hall rated it it was amazing Oct 01,