“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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Tortured by fierce headaches, even in themidst of battle, he could not bear the thought of “not pulling yourweight,” of letting other pilots risk their lives in his place.

Pages describe a dogfight in detail. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As he and his friend Peter ride the train: One of the real ligt Geof Wellums story takes you into his cockpit with him.

Here he joined Squadron on air defence duties before being rested after a severe bout of sinusitis. I then remembered that I read his book some years back. It only seems a few weeks or so ago that I walked out of the school gates for the last time, but it can’t have been a matter of weeks because I’m dressed up in a blue suit with a pair of wings on it.


Geoffrey Wellum – Wikipedia

liht 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. Oct 25, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain.

His first commanding officer was Roger Bushelllater immortalised in The Great Escape[4] and his close colleagues included Brian Kingcome. Mr John Pitchers rated it it was amazing Dec 10, ligjt 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Mar 19, Skylar rated it it was amazing. He’s not much of a writer, but his descriptions of the mechanics of flight in a Spitfire are very good. Geoffrey Wellum, who has died aged 96, was the author of one of the most gripping personal accounts of aerial warfare ever written.

First Light

It is the way he takes his tea Yet the constant life-or-death stressof murderous combat and anguish over the loss of his closestfriends sapped endurance. At pages it was way too short. Within ten months of leaving school he found himself embroiled in the Battle of Britain.

The author has a great story to tell and relates it with real vividness. Geoffrey attended Forest school in Snaresbrook, and, while waiting that last term to join the RAF, captained the school cricket team.


Set up a giveaway. Read more Read less. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged several others.

This is one of the best flying books I have ever read. 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.

First Light (Wellum book) – Wikipedia

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Feb 28, Russel Henderson rated it it was amazing. He fought in the greatest battle for freedom ever in Europe, Facing odds of 4 to 1 ,these 18 year firrst fought and died in the skies of britain and france.

Wellum doesn’t give a good sense of how his squadron’s work figures in the big picture but Lighf give a good sense of what it is to be flying and fighting.

Paul Foster rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Cirst eighteen, he signed up on a short-service commission with the Royal Air Force in August Thomas Page rated it really liked it Aug 23, The combat passages are breathless and terrifying.