“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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What’s more, he was an old man whose marriage had broken down and who had withdrawn from his old life. Brian Lasky rated it liked it Aug 16, You won’t be disappointed. The Germans were flying a formidable new fighter, virst Focke-Wulf Fwand Wellum was beginning to suffer from persistent headaches. There were new problems. Retrieved from ” https: His life after the war, as he clearly foretold in his diaries would always be an anti What a magnificent book: Try the Kight edition and experience these great reading features: He’s not wrong either!

First Light

You must read this book There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Would not be confused with a professional writer, but his story is so interesting that it doesn’t matter. Thanks ever I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Oct 25, Simon Brading rated it really liked it.

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.

Read reviews that mention battle of britain geoffrey wellum fighter pilot young man world war highly recommended 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. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Jill Morley rated it it was amazing Aug 20, In he married Grace Neil and they had three children.


Although there is an aching sense that Wellum himself is unsure of the answer, to the reader there is no doubt: He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain.

The achievement is all the greater in that the other occupiers of that list were books I read when I was much younger, unmarked, and could receive deeper and more lasting impressions from the books I read.

Geoffrey Wellum

A L McLean rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Combine this with his accounts of aerial battle the reader will finish wanting more. One person found this helpful. Mr Wellum has a wonderful way of telling a story and you can easily picture the details as you read his narrative.


Jan 22, Simon rated it it was amazing. Within ten months of leaving school he found himself embroiled in the Battle of Britain. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Does not discuss furst about Battle of Britain tactics, strategy etc. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Approached in by author James Holland who was researching a fictional novel based during the Battle of Britain, Wellum lent him his unpublished memoir. A Willingness to Die: First Light Wellum book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Aug 01, Neil Funsch rated it really liked it Wwllum Neil Willis rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Paperbackpages. However, if you want a first-person account of a fighter pilot this is your book. Justin Portess rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Return to Book Page. These are his memoires of that time. The account of Wellum’s Battle of Britain is an incredible read, as all these true stories are, told by one of the few, who is owed fiest much by so many.


First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

He was subsequently involved in the testing of Hawker Typhoon fighter-cum-ground-attack aircraft, but did not return to combat duties. Aug 19, Mrs Audrey P Hogg rated it it was amazing. Well, let me tell you why you should.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This officer has been with his squadron since the evacuation of Dunkirk. These men, as young as 18, flew one of the fastest and deadliest aircraft at the time and many didn’t make it through the campaign or even their first mission. Refresh and try again.

He was a member of the Royal Air Force Club. Thank you, Mr Wellum, for your life and for your book. For Wellum the focus had switched to daytime sweeps, mainly over northern France. Percy had served at Gallipoli during the first world war and was commissioned on the battlefield.

As such, it is thrilling, humbling and intense in a way that very little else could be. This is one of the best flying books I have ever read.